Many people have issues with their teeth that may require extensive care to restore it. In general, a small filling or good cleaning might be enough to keep your teeth fully functional, sometimes you may require something more.
That is where a dental crown comes into play, which is a very useful form of modern dentistry. Not everyone could benefit from them, however, and here is why.
Your Tooth Is Too Far Gone
If you have lost much of the surface area of your tooth, then there is a good chance you will not be able to get a crown. If there is no way to secure the crown to the enamel, then there is no point in receiving one. The purpose of a crown is to cover and protect your tooth from further damage.
It might be a good idea to try to build up the enamel before attempting to get a crown, but for especially eroded teeth, it may be a better option to have the tooth removed instead. However, we will always attempt to save a tooth before extracting it when possible.
Your Tooth Is Too Sensitive
If your mouth is already especially vulnerable to hot and cold due to sensitive teeth, then a crown may not be very advantageous. This is because the metal in some crowns may actually heighten the effects of temperature changes and could cause additional sensitivity. Through the use of special fluoridated toothpastes, it might be possible to help eliminate enough of the issue that you could get a metal crown sometime in the future.
Getting a dental crown is an excellent method of protecting a tooth from further damage as a means of preservation without extraction. If you would like to learn more about how dental crowns may help you, please give us a call.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600