When we think of tooth decay, we often consider the teeth in the back of the mouth as the most susceptible. While tooth decay is likely to affect the molars, it can happen in the front of the mouth. Teeth in the front of your mouth are also more likely to succumb to an accident, as they are the first exposed to the elements. Accidents from biting or chewing can happen, as well as physical accidents, such as from sports. Due to the wear and tear in the back of the mouth, a crown for a molar may be a porcelain-fused-to-metal type. However, for the sake of appearance, a crown in the front of the tooth will likely may be a more natural looking porcelain crown.
A broken or severely decayed tooth is susceptible to further damage. A tooth treated with root canal therapy should be crowned to prevent future infection. A crown acts as a permanent helmet for a weak tooth protecting it from the elements. A crack from damage or decay can leave the tooth vulnerable to bacteria. The crack can serve as an entryway for bacteria to get right to the inside of the tooth. A crown shuts the door on bacteria. A weak tooth in the front of the mouth can restrict your biting and chewing abilities. Depending on the location of the tooth, damage may cause a speech impediment. A crown can restore your abilities to bite, chew, and speak.
Porcelain crowns are resistant to both staining and whitening. They are designed to match the color of the rest of your teeth. If you would like to whiten your teeth, it is advised to do it before the crown is color-matched. Caring for a crown is similar to caring for your natural teeth though you should take special care not to break the porcelain by biting ice, hard candies, pens, or other hard objects. Regular visits to your dentist are always important, but checkups every six months allow for the crown to be checked up on.
Talk to Dr. Carmona about a crown and other restoration options. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.