Dental crowns have long been a popular solution for fixing teeth that are damaged or compromised. Today, more modern, lifelike dental crowns are also well-known for their ability to improve the appearance of teeth, due to their highly customizable materials (such as porcelain). With an ability to more precisely restore and improve teeth when they’ve become compromised, a custom-designed dental crown can be the key to lowering your chances of tooth loss by restoring and protecting the tooth.
How the crown restores the tooth
Your teeth are designed to withstand an incredible amount of bite pressure, and when they’re healthy, this isn’t typically a problem. However, once a tooth becomes fractured or broken, its overall structural integrity becomes compromised, and it can no longer take your bite’s pressure without sustaining more severe damage to its structure. A dental crown restores the damaged tooth by capping it and protecting it from the pressure of your bite. To accomplish this, the dental crown is designed to closely mimic the size, shape, contour, and appearance of the tooth it restores.
How this helps the tooth long-term
When you place a custom-designed dental crown over a damaged tooth, the immediate benefit is stopping the tooth damage from getting worse. This can also help alleviate any discomfort that may have been associated with the tooth’s damage. However, the longer-term advantage to crowning the tooth is preserving what remains of its healthy, natural structure and reducing the risks that the tooth will be lost in the future. When left untreated, damage to your tooth will continuously grow worse, causing the tooth to fall out or requiring tooth extraction to restore your smile.
Restoring your bite’s function, as well
Restoring a tooth with a dental crown saves your tooth from more severe damage and potential loss, but also has a more comprehensive impact on your overall bite function. A substantially damaged tooth is unable to absorb all of your bite’s pressure, and this may diminish your bite’s ability to function properly. Crowning the tooth and protecting it from your bite’s pressure can be essential in restoring this function and helping you avoid more serious concerns that could result from it.
Learn if a dental crown can save your tooth
A dental crown is meant to restore a tooth by completely capping and protecting it, which can help reduce your risks of losing the tooth or having to extract it later. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.