Dental Crowns Benefits
For our patients in Nashville, dental crowns have one overwhelming benefit: a patient can enhance two aspects of the smile with just one dental procedure. That is because dental crowns improve both the aesthetics and health of the teeth. When teeth are decayed and injured, dental flaws such as yellowing or graying of the teeth, chips, or cracks develop. By placing the dental crown, Dr. Newman is able to mask these cosmetic flaws. In addition, the health and strength of the tooth will be improved with placement of the dental crown. Dr. Newman will clean out all signs of decay prior to placing the dental crown; once placed, the crown acts as a barrier to block out bacteria.
Another benefit of dental crowns is that they can be used to save a severely infected tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction. A dental crown can be placed as long as the root is still healthy. If a decayed tooth is not treated, infection can spread below the surface of the tooth and result in the need for root canal treatment or removal of the tooth. By placing a dental crown before infection progresses to its advanced stages, Dr. Newman helps you avoid the need for more serious dental treatments. Overall, a dental crown can strengthen your tooth, improves your overall oral health, eliminates any pain or sensitivity that the damaged tooth was causing, and enhances the tooth’s appearance.
Dental crowns can restore function, comfort, and aesthetics.
Dental Crowns Risks
There are not many risks associated with dental crowns.
First, if the underlying infection is not completely removed, the dental crown will need to be removed and replaced; if this happens, the decay that remains under the dental crown can spread and cause further dental health problems.
A second risk of treatment is a dental crown that is placed incorrectly. In these cases, the dental crown may not fit well because the tooth was not sufficiently prepared to accommodate the dental crown. Having a poorly fitted crown can leave a patient more vulnerable to new decay because bacteria will be able to work its way underneath the dental crown. Fortunately, Dr. Newman is very experienced in placing dental crowns so our Nashville patients can avoid dental crown risks and be sure that they will receive a thorough and successful treatment.
The Best Candidate for a Dental Crown
Crowns can be placed on one or more teeth, depending on their health. If a tooth is missing or suffering from substantial decay, it may be necessary to place an implant before mounting the crown.
Ideal candidates for a crown meet any or all of the following conditions:
- Cover teeth with root canals
- Protect weak teeth at risk for breakage
- Fix broken, cracked or fractured teeth
- Meet cosmetic needs
- Protect decayed or rotten teeth
- Cover fractured or old fillings
- Hide large, overflowing fillings
- Cover a dental implant
- Use in a dental bridge
- Root canal is required
- A tooth cannot be restored through filling, bonding, or similar means.
Each of Dr. Newman’s patients is unique in his or her need for dental crowns, and he is committed to creating the best treatment plan specific to each of his clients. During your consultation, the options that best suit you will be discussed at length. If you have a tooth that is healthy, but has severe aesthetic issues that a porcelain veneer cannot conceal, you may want to consider a crown.