Dental crowns are a tooth restoration option that is very popular among both patients and dentists due to the strength and durability they provide. Often used to restore damaged teeth, they can also be utilized for cosmetic reasons. Dental crowns are made from porcelain and are designed to mimic the look of your tooth while providing you with the full functionality of a natural tooth. Dental patients in the Cary, North Carolina area know they can get quality dental crowns from the team at Carl McMillan, DMD, PA: Holistic Dental Centers.
The phrase “dental crown,” for whatever reason, causes anxiety and fear in many dental patients who visit Dr. McMillan. This sense of alarm may be because of a misconception that getting a crown means losing your actual tooth. That is not the case! A dental crown is actually put in place to help protect your tooth, so it does not have to be extracted. What follows are some common reasons why you may require a dental crown.
Decay – When a tooth has decayed to the point where a significant portion of the tooth must be removed, it will become weakened. When a tooth is weakened due to having material removed, the protection a dental crown can provide is invaluable. Because a dental crown completely encapsulates the tooth, it shields the tooth from further exposure to bacteria.
Wear – When a tooth has become worn down due to (for example) chronic tooth grinding, a dental crown can protect the tooth from further wear. If you suffer from undiagnosed bruxism that causes you to constantly grind your teeth, once a crown is placed, it is essential that the underlying issues are addressed.