A dental crown is sometimes referred to as a “cap” because it literally caps a tooth or an implant. A dental crown acts like a permanent helmet for a weak or vulnerable tooth; it can also act as a prosthetic replacement on top of a dental implant. When you lose a tooth or when a tooth is severely damaged, you can find yourself with less ability to bite or chew. A problematic tooth may also affect your ability to speak. A tooth that is missing or damaged in the front of your mouth may also make a dramatic difference to the appearance of your smile.
Tooth decay will progress until it is treated. Early tooth decay can be treated with a filling, which can stop the decay from deepening within the tooth. If decay continues to go within the tooth, it can affect the inner pulp of the tooth. The inner pulp is where the roots and nerves of the tooth are housed. Decay can cause quite a bit of pain and damage to this area of the tooth. Like a filling, a root canal treatment will disinfect the inner pulp area of the tooth. Any damaged parts of the tooth will be removed. After treatment, the tooth will be exposed to the elements and the tooth will need to be restored. Applying a dental crown to a treated tooth gives it permanent protection and returns the tooth to its able self.
Just like with a root canal treatment, some breakage and damage can leave a tooth vulnerable and exposed. A crown can give the tooth a solid surface. A crown can be color-matched and shaped to specifically match the rest of your tooth, which gives your smile the appearance it once had.
A dental crown can also be paired with a dental implant. While the implant will act as the roots of a tooth in your mouth, the dental crown will replace the actual body of the tooth. Crowns can be used as anchors for a dental bridge.
Ask Dr. Carmona about a dental crown is right for you. 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.