Dealing with a cracked tooth? Has our Plantation, FL, dentist Dr. Annette Middelhof told you that you need root canal therapy? There are many reasons that may warrant the installation of a dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap that is designed to fit over and preserve the visible portion of a tooth. Read on to learn more...
The Basics on Dental Crowns
The main goal of a crown is to protect a damaged tooth and to preserve the natural tooth structure. A crown is custom-made to cover and encapsulate the visible portion of a tooth when it has become damaged or weakened by decay, injury, or infection. As you might imagine, once the crown is cemented into place around the tooth it can prevent it from further damage and wear.
If a tooth has a large filling that can no longer support the natural structure, then our Plantation, FL, general dentist may also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to make sure that it is fully supported. Additionally, if you have to undergo root canal treatment, a crown is often placed over the treated tooth to strengthen it.
While a crown is often restorative, this doesn’t mean that it can’t offer cosmetic benefits, as well. A crown can alter and improve the shape, length, color, and alignment of a tooth. If you have a tooth that is malformed, misshapen, or severely discolored, then placing a dental crown over the tooth could completely transform it and hide these imperfections for a healthier-looking smile.
Crowns also play an important role in treating tooth loss. Whether you want to get dental bridges or an implant, a crown will be part of the treatment process. After all, a crown is used to support and hold a dental bridge in place to fill gaps in your smile. If you choose to get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, a crown will need to be bonded over the implant to complete the dental prosthetic.
Concerned about Your Oral Health? Give Us a Call
If you are dealing with dental damage, it’s important that you turn to a dentist you can trust. Contact Enchanting Dentistry today at (954) 336-8478 to schedule your next appointment at our Plantation, FL, office.