Dental crowns are very versatile tools that your dentist can employ to restore your smile in more ways than one. These are at their most basic tooth-shaped caps that can be manufactured from a variety of materials to give back your affected tooth its appearance and its function. Learn more about all the reasons you might need a dental crown by contacting your Lincoln, NE, dentists of Blome Family Dentistry, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels.
If You Have a Damaged Tooth
Not all types of tooth damage will require a crown. Small chips can typically be treated with other procedures such as dental bonding or even a veneer. Decay can also damage teeth but at early stages, they can be repaired with fillings. It's when the tooth has lost significant structure that a crown is called for to protect it and to return to it its bite strength.
If You Require a Root Canal
If your tooth is damaged, by either injury or decay, and has become deeply infected, then it will usually require a root canal. Through this procedure, your dentist removes the infected portions of your tooth, and also the soft tissue inside of the tooth all the way down through the roots. To perform a root canal your dentist requires access through the top of your tooth as well, so in the end, the tooth will often need to be protected with a crown.
If You Have Lost a Tooth
A root canal is often referred to as a tooth-saving treatment, as its application can often save a tooth. Unfortunately, it's not always the case that teeth can be saved. For these situations, procedures such as dental implants and bridges can restore a tooth that you've lost. They both employ different approaches to accomplishing this goal, but they both employ the ever-resourceful dental crowns as part of the treatment.
If Your Tooth Is Heavily Discolored
There are certain stains that will not respond to teeth whitening, such as those that are due to injury. When a tooth incurs trauma, even if there is no damage to the outside layer of the tooth, in order to protect itself it can shore itself up by producing more dentin, the porous layer of your tooth just below the enamel. Because dentin is of a darker color it will show through the enamel. This can also happen when enamel itself wears over time. To give your tooth a more natural appearance, or to improve on it, a crown can be very helpful.
Dental Crowns in Lincoln, NE
If any of the above apply to you or wish to explore further reasons why you might need a crown, or if another procedure may be a better fit for your condition, then schedule a consultation today with Dr. Blome and Dr. Wubbels of Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, by dialing 402-483-7000.