A broken tooth can ruin a perfect day and prompt an emergency dental visit. Trauma and decay are two common causes of broken teeth needing immediate treatment. At the office of Mark H. Wright, DDS, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we repair damaged teeth with dental crown treatment. Dental crowns are protective coverings placed over damaged teeth to protect them from further breakage.
Broken or fractured teeth are at greater risk of infection or decay due to plaque and tartar buildup within the tooth’s structure. Harmful bacteria can enter through a crack, causing further damage to your tooth’s enamel. If left unchecked, the infection can spread to the pulp of your tooth, destroying the nerves and roots.
Dental crowns act like protective caps for broken teeth. They cover your tooth to keep decay and infection at bay and protect it from further breakage. Crowns fit snugly over your teeth, covering all surfaces down to the gum line. They can be made of ceramic, metal, gold, or porcelain. Many people prefer porcelain crowns because they closely resemble natural teeth. When you smile, the crown blends with the rest of your teeth to give you a seamless smile.
Porcelain is also a durable material that can handle the pressure of chewing and grinding food. A tooth restored with a porcelain crown can continue to be used for years without worrying about further breakage or decay. Dental crowns don’t require surgery, so this treatment can be completed relatively quickly to restore your tooth’s usefulness. Capping your tooth can relieve pain, discomfort, and sensitivity caused by decay or injury.
In addition to repairing a broken tooth, dental crowns can restore your tooth’s appearance by: