When the pulp chamber and the root of your tooth are still healthy and intact, but the part of your tooth that you chew with (the crown) is broken or decayed, you can save your tooth just by replacing your damaged dental crown with a porcelain crown. When you lose your whole tooth including the crown and root, then other problems can develop, including more tooth loss. A crowning procedure can restore your tooth function and your smile, while saving the rest of your tooth.
How To Save A Tooth With A Crown
Saving a tooth with a crown is a minimally invasive procedure. However, it will take two visits. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing the damaged or decayed area and reducing the size of your tooth to accommodate the width of the crown. Next, your dentist will take an impression of your prepared tooth. Other measurements will be taken and this information will be sent to a dental lab with very experienced dental technicians. The dental lab technicians will fabricate your crown, most likely from porcelain, to the same shape, size, and color of your original tooth. Once your crown is completed, you will visit your dentist again.
A crown is hollow so it can fit over the prepared tooth and be permanently glued, or bonded to it. Your dentist will do a quick fit to evaluate the size, shape, color, and comfort of your crown before finally bonding it to your remaining healthy tooth structure. Once bonded, your new crown will look and perform just like your natural tooth.
Do You Have A Broken Or Severely Decayed Tooth?
If you have a broken or severely decayed tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler in Fort Worth, TX,by calling 817-577-1444 today. Together you can discuss if crown treatment is the best way to restore the function of your tooth, and the beauty of your smile.