When Is A Dental Crown Needed?

Dental CrownsDo you have a tooth that has been injured, eroded, or affected by tooth decay? A dental crown could stabilize it and stall the progression of any further damage. This is a common restorative treatment offered by Dr. Jeff Welnak at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI.

About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are often called caps because they put a lid on an exposed tooth to provide it with protection, stability, and better looks. Modern dental crowns are made of porcelain, a substance that very closely resembles the feel and look of human teeth. Millions of Americans are wearing dental crowns (over two million installations per year according to the American College of Prosthodontics), but most people would never know it.

When a Dental Crown Is Needed
When the structure of a tooth has become too weak to withstand the pressure of chewing or it could be exposed to decay, that is when a dental crown is needed. The worn-out part of the enamel is removed and the crown replaces it. A crown is an important part of a root canal treatment—it shores up the tooth after the infection is treated by your West Allis, WI dentist. So, when you get a root canal, expect that you’ll need a crown. Dental crowns also cover up spaces caused by missing teeth when affixed to bridge devices.

Long-Term Benefits of Crowns
A crown is a popular and common dental treatment because it comes with long-term benefits. Most people who have them placed keep them for many years. Covering a tooth with a secure dental crown is one of the best ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Bad bacteria cannot penetrate a crown’s exterior as easily as it does a human tooth. Because a crown protects the tooth long-term, there is less chance of tooth loss, which is an expensive problem that affects over 178 million Americans according to the American College of Prosthodontics.

Restore Strength and Resilience to Your Smile
Dental crowns are unmatched in their ability to rebuild, reinforce, and restore errant teeth. Ask a dentist at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI if a crown would benefit your smile. Call (414) 545-2050 today for an appointment with Dr. Jeff Welnak.