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A dental crown can restore the size, shape and function of a damaged or decayed tooth, helping to ensure good oral health is maintained and that the person’s smile stays at a level that allows them to feel confident. Here at our dentist office, we provide dental crown treatments for patients who are in need, and we are dedicated to caring for the patient and answering any questions they may have throughout the entire process.

It is important to receive treatment for a damaged or decayed tooth to ensure that the issue does not worsen into a more serious concern or that the pain does not last for longer than necessary. If you currently suffer from complications with a tooth - or multiple teeth - reach out to us today and find out how we can help restore the tooth back to full health through the use of a dental crown.

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What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is essentially a cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth in order to restore the size, shape and function of the tooth. In addition to restoring the health and function of the damaged tooth, it also works to restore the appearance as well. There are several reasons why a patient may be in need of a dental crown. Most commonly, a dental crown is used to repair a tooth that has suffered a chip or a crack, although they are also used in cases where severe decay has damaged the tooth.

The process of placing a dental crown is non-invasive and does not cause much discomfort to the patient. The first step in the process is to schedule a consultation with our dentist office and allow us to examine the status of the tooth, or teeth, in question. If a dental crown is agreed upon as the best form of treatment, the tooth is prepared and an impression is taken for the customization of the crown. Once the crown is ready, a second appointment can be scheduled to place the crown and complete the restoration.

Dental crowns vs. dental filling

Dental crowns are often compared to dental fillings as they accomplish a similar goal, which is to restore the health, function and appearance of a damaged tooth. However, there are some key differences to keep in mind when deciding between the two options, and there are times when one may be a better option than the other.

A dental filling - or a dental restoration - is a treatment for damaged teeth in which a filling material is applied to “fill in” the area that has become decayed, chipped or damaged in any manner. The main advantage to a dental filling is that it does not have to be customized for the particular person. Since it is a substance that is merely used to fill the damaged area - rather than cover the entire tooth - dental fillings only take one visit to complete.

Dental fillings are not always the best option or even an option at all in some cases. While it may work to fill in minor cavities and repair minor tooth damage, a dental crown is often the better option if a more serious restoration is needed. A dental crown works by covering and protecting the entire tooth, which makes it much better at restoring the health, function and appearance of a severely damaged or decayed tooth.

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Dental crowns vs. tooth bonding

Dental crowns are somewhat similar in purpose to tooth bonding as well, although tooth bonding is often used more for cosmetic purposes than it is to restore the function and health of a tooth that causes pain and sensitivity or is at risk of infection. On the other hand, dental crowns are a more well-rounded approach to a damaged or decayed tooth that not only suffers in appearance but is an oral health concern as well.

Tooth bonding is performed similarly to a dental filling. It utilizes a composite resin material that is of a similar shade to the surrounding teeth. The main intended purposes of tooth bonding are to remove stains on the surface of the teeth, repair minor chips and cracks, fill in gaps between teeth and lengthen teeth, and they are less concerned with improving health and function.

Tooth bonding is not ideal for patients who have severe tooth damage or decay and need added tooth protection to ensure that the issue does not worsen and the pain and sensitivity are minimized. In these instances, a dental crown is likely the best restoration for the damaged tooth.

When to consider dental crowns

Suffering from a damaged or decayed tooth can be incredibly annoying, and the pain and sensitivity force many to alter the way they live their life on a daily basis. Therefore, anyone who experiences moderate to severe tooth pain and sensitivity due to enamel erosion, or a tooth that was damaged in any manner, should consider dental crowns as a means of restoring the health and function of the tooth. Dental crowns provide additional protection from future damage, particularly if the tooth in question is a premolar or molar located further back in the mouth.  

When a damaged or decayed tooth is left untreated - especially if it is used heavily throughout each day as is the case with premolars and molars - it can worsen and cause more severe concerns, such as an oral infection or increased pain and sensitivity. Subsequently, it is important to seek care and consider a dental crown for any damage that causes issues in your ability to function in a normal manner on a daily basis.

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If you suffer from a damaged or decayed tooth and want to find out if a dental crown can help restore the health, function and appearance of your tooth, then consult with us and find out how we can help you in the process, regardless of the exact treatment method we both decide is best. By taking action and scheduling a time to come in for a visit, you can return to living each day pain-free and with a beautiful smile in no time.