A dental crown is a protective covering made from metal, gold or porcelain that is placed over a tooth that has been treated with a root canal; a tooth that has cracked or broken; a tooth that has been repaired several times for dental decay that cannot sustain another filling; or to cover a dental implant. Dental crowns are placed for many different reasons, but their final purpose is always the same … to save the tooth and protect it or provide a cover for what lies underneath it.
When the root of a tooth becomes infected due to trauma or decay, a root canal is the accepted form of treatment. The canals of the tooth are cleaned out and the nerve and surrounding pulp are removed in an effort to salvage the tooth itself. After the affected nerves are removed, the tooth is treated to prevent further infection. A dental crown may be placed to seal the area.
When a tooth is broken or cracked, the best way to save the tooth is with a dental crown. The broken tooth is prepared, any present decay removed and a crown is placed. If the affected tooth is a molar that must sustain most of the pressure from chewing, the crown is usually made from metal. Many patients will select a porcelain to metal crown to allow for a pleasing aesthetic result.
For a tooth that has sustained numerous fillings, but still contains more decay, a crown can prevent losing that tooth. When a tooth is no longer viable on its own, a dental crown can resolve the problem.
For patients dealing with tooth loss due to decay, infection or trauma, your dentist might very well introduce dental implants. A dental implant is a small device that resembles a screw that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has been sustained.
The dental implant itself will fuse to bone tissue acting much like the root of your natural tooth. After the implant has healed a final restoration in the form of a dental crown will be placed over the implant. The crown will match the shape and shade of surrounding natural teeth making your dental implant virtually undetectable.
A dental crown is designed to preserve a tooth and protect it, but also to offer functionality and aesthetic value for the patient.
If you are in need of a dental crown and would like to learn more about your options, contact the Arlington office of Fielder Park Dental at 817-275-4817 to schedule an appointment.