Your tooth is made up of two very important parts. The part that shows is called the crown of the tooth, and the part below the surface of your gums is called the root of your tooth. Both parts are important, but keeping the root healthy will keep the tooth in place, even if the crown is damaged. Thanks to advanced dentistry, we can repair the crown of your tooth using a porcelain crown.
When a tooth is broken, there is a risk of infection. Teeth can become broken in any manner of ways. Damage from bruxism (teeth grinding), untreated or old cavities, or injury can cause cracks or chips in your teeth. To leave the damage untreated would allow an infection deep in your teeth, resulting in the need for a root canal. Instead, we recommend a porcelain crown.
The Crown Procedure
In order to place a crown, we must first prepare the tooth by trimming the edges to make room for the width of the crown. We’ll then take impressions of your tooth to be sent to a lab and place a temporary crown. In a few weeks, we will bring you back into the office to permanently place your porcelain crown. The seal of the crown will protect the cracked tooth underneath from the risk of infection and leave you with a functioning smile.
Protecting the health of your tooth root is very important. We can often protect it by repairing the crown of the tooth when it becomes damaged. Contact us today to set up your next exam and cleaning. Those routine appointments give us a chance to make sure you have a healthy smile, so don’t hesitate any longer!