If you’ve read our previous blogs, then you know that we offer CEREC same-day dental crowns. You know that means we can do in a day what used to take weeks and multiple visits to the dentist office.
If you live in or near Lancaster, CA, then our team at Dr. Tab A. Boyle’s office also wants you to know when you might benefit from one of our dental crowns. Below you will five situations when a CEREC crown can help restore the function of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.
And based on our experience, it could restore your self-confidence, too.
When Should You Get A Dental Crown?
In some cases, a crown is your only option. In other cases, a crown is one of the choices you may want to consider. Regardless, a crown can help in all of the following situations.
➡ 1. When you have a broken tooth
It’s not something most of us normally think about, but you could break your tooth almost anytime. You could fall and hit your mouth on a something. You could walk or run into something … or someone.
You could be hit in the mouth with a ball or an elbow while playing a sport. You could ….
You get the idea. A lot of things can cause you to break a tooth. Leaving that tooth unrepaired is a bad idea. The break could expose the softer, inner layers of your teeth, which could lead to infections. (We’ll come back to this later.)
By reshaping what’s left of your tooth, we can create a support for your dental crown. And with our CEREC milling machine, we can create your crown in our office. Then we can bond it to your tooth during that same visit in most cases.
➡ 2. When you have a cracked tooth
In many ways, this is similar to the problems of a broken tooth. Cracked teeth also can be caused by any number of things.
Biting down on anything hard — ice, candy, olive pits, and unpopped kernels of popcorn are just a few examples. Cracked teeth also can develop from clenching or grinding your teeth together or from your teeth smacking together violently. (This is another reason dentist encourage patients to wear athletic mouthguards while playing sports.)
Like a break, a crack can allow bacteria to get inside your tooth to the softer and more vulnerable areas. Once that bacteria is there, it can cause serious problems.
Again, the process is reshaping to the tooth to remove the crack and to create a support for your dental crown.
➡ 3. When you have a discolored or misshapen tooth
While the previous two problems can affect your smile, they also are considered restorative procedures. Getting a crown for a discolored or misshapen tooth is primarily cosmetic.
Tooth discoloration can affect all your teeth or just one or two teeth. When the latter happens, it can make those discolored teeth stand out for the wrong reasons. A misshapen tooth can have a similar effect, and that can make some people self-conscious about smiling and talking in front of other people.
By simply creating an abutment with that tooth, we can attach a dental crown that matches the color and size of the rest of your smile.
➡ 4. When you have a large cavity
A small cavity can usually be fixed with a dental filling, but a large cavity can weaken the tooth. In those cases, you would do better in the long-term with a dental crown.
The process is similar to what we do for a broken or cracked tooth. The difference is that we are removing the tooth decay to create the support for your crown.
If you ignore this cavity, you can develop a tooth infection. In that case, you would need more than a dental crown. You would need a root canal procedure. The final step in that process, many times, is a dental crown to seal the tooth after the infection has been removed.
➡ 5. When you have a missing tooth
This is a bit different than the other examples. If you don’t have a tooth to reshape, you first need to replace the bottom half of the tooth with a dental implant.
You will need some time to heal after having an implant placed. That time can vary depending on whether you get a standard or mini implant. When you are ready, we will be able to place your crown, so it can look and feel like the rest of your natural teeth again.
Ready To Learn More?
Then call Dr. Boyle’s office at (661) 524-8457 or fill out our online contact form. We want to give you a reason to keep smiling!