What course of action do you take when your tooth breaks or fractures? What if you need a root canal, and your tooth will be too tender to function normally? This is where dental crowns come in, with the ability to cap your existing tooth with a strong replacement that restores form and function to the affected tooth. Take a look below as we explore the advantages and uses for these versatile dental crowns with Dr. Taler.
A dental crown is a block of porcelain or acrylic that is milled and shaped to resemble a tooth. It’s hollowed out too, in order to fit comfortably on top of the current tooth. Dr. Taler will work closely to ensure that this new crown reflects the same form and feel of your natural tooth, where even your close friends and family won’t be able to tell the difference.
In order to fit a dental crown properly, the affected tooth will most likely need to be shaved down minimally to make room. The crown is secured on top, protecting the tooth from further damage while providing the same bite strength and comfort for eating.
Traditional crowns are typically placed over a tooth that has been damaged due to disease or trauma. Implant-supported crowns are specifically crafted to top implant fixtures that have been placed in a patient’s mouth. Both of these crowns have advantages, just for different situations that patients may find themselves in.
If a patient finds themselves with a damaged tooth, or have recently undergone a root canal, a traditional crown would be best to protect the tooth from further damage. As stated above, a minimal amount of enamel may need to be removed in order to fit the crown comfortably.
If a patient is missing one or more teeth, Dr. Taler and our team recommend dental implants. These implants consist of an implant fixture that’s placed in the jaw, an abutment that supports the crown, and the final topped crown. These crowns are designed to match the size and shape of your implant, instead of being based on an existing tooth. In spite of the lack of natural tooth, this type of crown can still be meticulously shaped to fit comfortably in your smile. Click here to read more about the benefits of dental implants.
The best way to understand if you need a crown is to meet with Dr. Taler face-to-face for an evaluation. If you have undergone a recent root canal with a different provider, and are in need of a crown, consult with us as well!
During this consultation, Dr. Taler will assess your needs. It’s important that patients be in need of a crown, as extracting or purposely damaging a healthy tooth is not recommended. This may include x-ray scans, an oral evaluation, and a discussion of any pain or symptoms.
Patients who would require crowns will likely have one or more of the following:
Crowns are the quick, low-maintenance solution you’ve been searching for. Don’t hesitate to consult with Dr. Taler and our team about your eligibility for dental crowns, and how they can help restore your smile. Call us today at (317) 849-1223 to learn more.