When a tooth has been damaged or injured, dental crowns are a strong restoration that can save the tooth from the need for extraction. Dental crown treatment allows our cosmetic dentists to remove weakened and damaged tooth enamel and enclose the remaining natural tooth with a durable and protective porcelain cap. This cap restores strength and function to the tooth while helping to block out harmful bacteria. While dental crowns are extremely durable and can last for many years, there are factors that can cause the dental crowns to become damaged. When our Boston patients experience damaged dental crowns, we can repair or replace the crowns to once again restore the tooth.
Dental crowns are made of a strong porcelain material that is able to withstand the usual wear and tear that is involved in oral functions such as chewing and eating. However, just like the real teeth, dental crowns can become damaged in certain situations. The following are common causes of damaged dental crowns:
The good news is that most of these causes can be avoided. By properly cleaning the teeth and gums, by avoiding excess pressure or friction on the teeth and crowns, and by wearing a protective mouth guard while playing sports, our patients can protect the teeth and ensure that dental crowns reach their lifespan potential.
If a dental crown does become damaged, the natural tooth becomes vulnerable to decay and infection, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. When damage is minimal, we may be able to repair the existing crown. However, in more serious cases, the damaged crown will need to be removed and replaced. Either way, it is important to do what is necessary to protect the tooth from any further dental problems.
At Dental Associates of New England, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services that help patients achieve optimal dental health as well as a beautiful smile. To learn more about our services, schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!