When is a Crown the Right Restoration?
In the case of chips and cracks, dental crowns can help take the brunt of one’s chewing, in order to prevent the tooth’s damage from worsening with wear. After deep cavities, crowns can also be used to help prevent the decay from damaging more of the tooth, but also to prevent the possibility of infection, which can be caused when the interior of a tooth is exposed due to erosion. Crowns are also a great way to seal a tooth after root canal treatment, which is used to remove infected portions of the tooth and to restore the oral health.
Reasons to Seek Restorative Treatment Quickly
It is important to remember that prompt treatment of dental issues is imperative, to prevent the need for more extensive restorative treatment. For instance, when cavities are caught quickly minimally invasive fillings can usually address the issue. Left untreated, an infection may develop requiring root canal treatment.
When a tooth becomes chipped or cracked, a crown can usually help. However, if you leave the damage unaddressed, you may eventually require an extraction, or lose the damaged tooth.