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How to tell if dental crowns are in your future

  • Posted on: Feb 14 2021
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istock 1167192880Dental crowns are often a critical treatment for patients who require restorative dental work. These restorations are custom-made for patients to match their existing smile. They are fabricated with porcelain and bonded over the exposed area of the tooth above the gumline. Dental crowns are used in many different dental situations, which makes them a versatile option. At 141 Dental Studio, PC of New York, NY, patients may find that there are several situations that can occur which may require the future placement of a dental crown. Below are just a few ways to find out if you could benefit from the fabrication and placement of these dental restorations:

  • Broken teeth. Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken might require the placement of a dental crown. Breakage can expose the inner canals of the tooth which house the nerves and blood supply within the dental pulp. Infection can then require extensive treatment or even extraction. Placing a dental crown over a tooth will strengthen it and protect it from further damage.
  • Extensive tooth decay. Decay, or cavities, can cause the erosion of natural tooth enamel and result in serious damage. While dental fillings are often the go-to option for tooth decay, sometimes the larger cavities require so much filling that it impacts the integrity of the natural tooth. In this situation, a dentist may place a dental crown over the filled tooth for protection.
  • Infection and root canal therapy. Infection inside of a tooth can require root canal therapy, during which the dental pulp is removed. This leaves the canals vacant, resulting in the use of composite resin fillings to repair. However, teeth that have had root canal therapy often become weak and brittle, so placing a dental crown over the tooth protects it from damage.

Considering dental crowns?

As you can see, there are a wide range of situations in which a patient may require a dental crown. Call 141 Dental Studio, PC in New York, NY to determine if you would benefit from this or other restorations for the smile. Call the office at (212) 262-2952 and visit us at 141 East 55th Street, Suite #2B for an evaluation.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental crowns

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