If you yourself do not already have a dental crown, it is likely that you know someone that does. Modern crowns are much more lifelike than those from the past. Because of that you may never notice the appearance of a crown in someone’s mouth. A dental crown is called such because it’s designed to replicate your tooth’s crown, which is the visible part of the tooth that protrudes from your gum line. Because it covers your tooth completely, a dental crown can be a solution for a wide variety of dental concerns.
For severe decay that has reached the internal structure of the tooth, root canal treatment is often necessary to remove the infection from tooth’s tissues. Root canal treatment can leave your tooth weakened due to the significant amount of damaged tooth structure that may need to be removed. Therefore, placing a crown over a tooth that has received root canal treatment can offer protection against future decay and damage, while also restoring the tooth’s functionality.
A crack, fracture, or break to your tooth’s structure is typically considered an emergency because the damage can immediately threaten your oral health. Along with possible intense pain of a damaged tooth, the compromised enamel can also leave the tooth’s sensitive nerves and tissues vulnerable to infection from oral bacteria. To restore the tooth and prevent growing damage, the tooth may be capped with a customized dental crown.
When combined with a dental implant, a lifelike crown can replace a tooth lost to extraction or loss. A dental implant is a small, titanium post that can be inserted into your jawbone to mimic the functions of a healthy tooth root. While the implant can be used to replace the roots and to support the crown, creating a complete replacement.
Dr. Carmona can help you determine if a crown is best for your tooth. 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.