Am I a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Dental damage like broken teeth, severe decay requiring root canal treatment, or large cracks or fractures can generally only be treated with dental crowns or implants. So, if you have any of these things going on in your mouth, then you are definitely a candidate for dental crowns. Crowns will give back your ability to chew and bite the way you should, and they will also improve your appearance.
How Dental Crowns Work
Dental crowns are custom restorations that correct many issues. If you have any of the following conditions, you are a candidate for dental crowns:
- Advanced Decay
If your teeth are significantly decayed, a crown can save them. As long as you still have at least one third of your tooth remaining, you are a candidate for dental crowns.
- Missing Teeth
Crowns are used in conjunction with dental implants to replace missing teeth.
- Broken Teeth
Dental crowns protect broken, cracked or fractured teeth from additional harm.
- Large Fillings
If you have very deep fillings, the walls of your teeth can become weak, and predispose them to breaking. A crown will protect the underlying structure of the tooth.
- Root Canal
If you have had a root canal treatment, a crown will give back strength and function to the affected tooth.
- Cosmetic Issues
You may also be a candidate for dental crowns if you have cosmetic issues that cannot be corrected with other treatments like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
Receiving a Crown
To have a crown placed, first your dentist will clean and prepare the surface of your tooth. Using CEREC technology, he will take images of your tooth, and then deliver a piece of porcelain that is a match for the rest of your teeth to the milling machine, which makes your crown. Finally, the dentist puts the crown in place, and you are good to go in just one visit.
There are many benefits to dental crowns, the most obvious being that they can correct so many diverse dental issues. Almost anyone can be a candidate for dental crowns.
To learn more about restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, or to find out if you could be a good candidate for dental crowns, contact Dr. Thomas J. Pray at 518-885-8321. Our dentist office is located at 128 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 120202. You can also request an appointment using the form on our Contact Us page.