Your teeth can be strong, efficient, and visually appealing — if you take care of them consistently. But there are instances when a tooth doesn’t function as well as it should or becomes unsightly, perhaps because of disease, injury, or a degenerative habit.
The experienced and compassionate team at TLN Family Dental offers dental crowns to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile at our offices in Houston and Pearland, Texas.
If you're experiencing any of the following five common issues, a crown may be in your future.
A badly decaying tooth may require a crown to restore durability and function.
Your dentist first removes the decayed enamel and fills the cavity before installing the crown. When the crown is placed over the trimmed and filled tooth, the tooth becomes as strong as it was before the decay, and the crown provides better protection against future decay.
Many root canals require a crown to cover the treated area and prevent reinfection, especially for root canals performed on the back teeth. Your back teeth experience more pressure than your front teeth, so a crown ensures the tooth receiving a root canal is strong enough to withstand the force of chewing.
Say you fall off your bicycle or get injured playing a sport and crack, chip, or break a tooth. However the damage occurs, a crown can cover the damaged tooth and make it look like the injury never happened. Or, if your tooth breaks after years of grinding wore it down, a crown may be necessary.
Sometimes your dentist may use a bond or veneer to cover a front tooth with a chip or crack. But a crown will be necessary if there's a lot of damage to cover.
If you have acid reflux or GERD, your teeth may not have the strongest enamel because they constantly come into contact with acid. Drinking sugary soda can affect enamel similarly. If you've worn down your enamel, you may need a crown to prevent more damage or tooth loss.
Those with naturally misshapen or discolored teeth can benefit from crowns, especially if veneers and bondings won't work. A crown could be an ideal solution if you want peace of mind, protection, and an attractive smile.
Dental crowns not only provide durability and long-term protection of your teeth, fixing five common dental problems; they also offer visual appeal. A crown could be what saves your tooth from extraction.
If you haven't been to the dentist in a while or want to know if crowns can resolve your dental problems, call the TLN Family Dental office nearest you or use the convenient online tool to schedule an appointment.