Tooth decay is a major problem, and if it’s not treated quickly, it can result in tooth loss. A dental crown serves as one of the best ways to protect a tooth from further damage. Your tooth’s structure is very important, and our primary goal is to do whatever we can to save it.
Without natural teeth, you’ll find it nearly impossible to eat certain types of food, and you might even have difficulty speaking. Dental crowns are very effective for saving damaged teeth, and once installed, they can prevent teeth from further damage.
How Dental Crowns Protect Teeth
A dental crown is made to fit over the top of your tooth, and it completely covers the surface. The structural design of the crown allows it to protect your tooth from every angle while keeping the natural root preserved.
Before a crown can be installed, impressions of your mouth must be taken. Next, a customized crown is created for your tooth. Although most dental crowns are made of ceramic material, others may be created with alternative materials, depending on the situation.
The primary purpose of a crown is to protect a damaged tooth from sustaining further damage, but it can be beneficial for several other reasons. For example, a dental crown is great for stabilizing a tooth that has received a large filling, and it’s especially useful for protecting a tooth after root canal therapy has been performed. Dental crowns are even used to secure a dental bridge or cover an implant.
How You Can Benefit from a Crown
When a tooth has been severely damaged by decay or injury, there aren’t many options available. In most cases, you can try to have the tooth saved, or you can have it extracted. Most patients choose to get a crown because they want to avoid having a tooth extracted. Once a crown has been installed, further damage to your tooth is prevented, and you’ll be able to avoid the negative side effects that stem from missing teeth. Tooth loss can make it harder to eat and speak, and if it leads to atrophy of your jawbone, the sides of your mouth will begin to sink in, negatively affecting your smile.
When installed correctly by our skilled cosmetic dentist, dental crowns can last for the rest of your life. If you have a damaged tooth that needs protection, a crown can save the tooth and prevent extraction. You can learn more about dental crowns and how they can protect your teeth from further damage during a consultation at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot, AR. We proudly serve clients in the Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas. Contact our Cabot office today to schedule a dental appointment.