reasons for dental crownOrange City and Deltona, FL

When most people hear the word crown, they probably think of royalty or beauty pageants. But, dental crowns are a common restorative procedure done to strengthen and protect a damaged tooth. Dental crowns also can improve the overall appearance of your smile. Dr. Terry Soule, a general dentist serving Orange City and DeBary, wants to share with you three reasons you might need a dental crown.

  1. You have a chipped or broken tooth

No matter if you were chewing ice or eating a sandwich, a chipped or broken tooth can be an eyesore, cause functional problems when biting, and even cause a great deal of discomfort. When you chip or break a tooth, it is important to see a dentist in DeBary, Deltona, or Orange City that offers dental crowns to repair the tooth and prevent further damage. If the tooth is not repaired, bacteria could get inside the tooth, causing cavities and more damage.

  1. Your tooth has extensive decay

One small cavity can be a concern, but extensive decay may require a dental crown to save your tooth. Although traditional fillings are ideal for small cavities or intermediate decay, they aren’t recommended for a tooth with extensive damage. The crown will cover the tooth and restore it to a more sturdy and permanent solution for daily use.

  1. You need a root canal

When you have a cavity or gum disease that has reached the internal nerve of the tooth, the nerve can become infected and die. The root will need to be cleaned, removing the tooth’s nerves, blood supply, and soft tissue, and then sealed through a treatment known as a root canal. Once the tooth’s soft tissue has been removed, the tooth can be brittle and subject to damage if not covered by a dental crown.

What can I expect when getting a crown?

During the initial appointment, Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, will determine the extent of your damaged tooth by taking an x-ray. If you need a dental crown, the processes begins by making your mouth numb. Then, the tooth will be filed down so the crown will fit on top and sides of the remaining part of the tooth. However, if there is not enough tooth leftover for the crown to attach, then filling material will be used to build up the area to provide a foundation for the newly fabricated dental crown.

After reshaping the tooth, an impression will be made to ensure the crown will not affect your regular biting pattern. Once the impressions are taken, they will be sent to a laboratory where the crown will be made, a process that typically takes two to three weeks. Since it will take some time to get the permanent crowns back from the laboratory, the dentist will place a temporary crown to protect the area. When the crown comes back from the laboratory, it will be time for placement. First, the temporary crown is removed. Then, the color and fit of the permanent crown are checked. Once everything looks good, the permanent crown will be cemented into place, giving you back your sparkling smile.

Crowns can be a great solution to repair your damaged teeth. Chipped, broken, or damaged teeth can be repaired to act and look just like your natural teeth. If you want to find a dentist in Orange City that offers dental crowns, or want to find out if you need a dental crown, schedule an appointment with Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, today by calling (386) 775-1552 so you can be on your way to a perfect smile.