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Let’s Talk About Dental Crowns

Fort Bliss, TX, dentist offers dental crowns

Our pearly whites serve many functions. They help us chew, speak, and even smile. When one of them is harmed, this can be worrisome. Luckily, though, there is a way to restore them to health when this happens. Fort Bliss Family Dentistry in Texas offers dental crowns as a way to repair and protect your teeth after damage. In today’s blog, we’re here to discuss when they may be needed, and how they work.

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When You Harm A Tooth

Although our teeth are strong, they are not unbreakable. Accidents happen that can lead to chips, cracks, or fractures. Conditions like bruxism, for example, may cause a patient to chronically grind their teeth together. Over time, this can weaken the enamel and make them more susceptible to injury and cavities. In other cases, biting into too-tough food or suffering an injury to the face can lead to breaking a tooth. If this happens to you, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible to have the area looked at and treated.

How Do Crowns Work?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that can be placed over the tooth if the area has been injured. These can full or partial – also known as inlays or onlays – depending on the type of damage that is being restored. If you have a cavity that is too large to be filled, an inlay can be placed instead. If you have damage that does not cover the entire tooth, an onlay can be placed to protect the harmed area. They can be made of many different materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and metal. The material used will depend on where it is placed.

To receive this restoration, your dentist will take measurements of the area. These will be sent to a lab to create the restoration. In the meantime, a temporary one may be placed for protection. Once the permanent one is ready, it will be bonded in place. With proper care, it can last several years. You will still need to brush and floss as usual and see your dentist regularly after this restoration has been done.

Other Times A Crown May Be Used

This cap may also be placed after root canal treatment or before having a dental bridge installed. Your tooth may be more sensitive after undergoing a root canal, so a cap may be placed on top for extra support and protection. If you have a bridge installed to replace missing teeth, crowns may be placed on the adjacent teeth to offer extra support. This can help ensure that your remaining natural teeth are not worn down.

Talk To Our Team Today

If you have been told you need a crown or other restoration, call Fort Bliss Family Dentistry in Texas at 915-895-3678.