Dental crowns are a fabulous tool that allow a patient to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to a fracture or excessive decay. If a tooth is broken, but the tooth’s roots have remained intact, your dentist can prepare your tooth for a crown that will feel natural and look great.
Options For a Fractured Tooth
Our teeth are very hard, but they are not invincible. Biting down on something hard can break a tooth that has been weakened from years of use. And a hairline fracture might not be seen or felt right away. But eventually something will happen that will make you aware that a fracture exists.
Part of your tooth might literally break off or symptoms of a tooth fracture may occur such as sensitivity to hot or cold, sweet, or spicy foods; pain; or swelling. If any of these occur, see your dentist right away.
If your tooth can be saved, a dental crown is most often the recommended path of treatment. If infection or trauma to the root of the tooth has occurred, a root canal may be required before further action is taken.
The only other option is to the have the tooth extracted. If the natural tooth is not replaced after extraction, another whole set of problems can begin. The open space makes chewing more difficult; teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; and aesthetically a missing tooth can make smiling and laughing embarrassing.
CEREC Dental Crowns
The advantages of having a tooth crowned by your CEREC dentist are numerous. CEREC simply means that your dentist can fashion a crown using technology and equipment in the dental office right on the spot. A digital rendering of the prepared tooth is used to take a block of ceramic and make the crown in a matter of minutes.
A digital dental impression can eliminate a goopy, messy one; and since your crown is ready the same day, you do not have to deal with a temporary crown or return in a couple of weeks to have your crown seated.
A crown for your fractured tooth is made and cemented in place in one dental visit. You can chew and smile with confidence as your new crown has been made to look and feel as natural as neighboring biological teeth.