A dental cap, or crown, is a sturdy dental restoration that covers the outside of a tooth. It can be made of gold, or materials that make it resemble a natural tooth. Crowns are usually recommended when a tooth has suffered too much damage to retain a simple filling.
How do you know if you need a cap? Look out for these signs that your tooth could be a candidate.
A sudden spike in sensitivity could mean that your tooth has damage exposing the nerve. Decay or trauma can cause damage to the inside of your tooth.
- Several Large Dental Restorations
If you have a tooth that’s studded with a patchwork of silver fillings, then there’s a good chance it won’t hold up to one more. A crown is the ideal solution for improving both the appearance and structural integrity of enamel that’s weakened with lots of filling material.
- Chip Or Fracture
When a tooth is visibly damaged, a crown is usually the first option. Just patching up a chip with filling material isn’t always sufficient.
- Worn Surface
Teeth worn down from years of a grinding or tooth-clenching habit could merit the protection of a durable crown. In most cases, two opposing teeth will need to be crowned at the same time so they stop wearing each other down.
Think you may need a crown?
You can’t know for sure what your tooth needs until you see a dentist. Call today to schedule a checkup at Legacy Dental. Combining the most modern technology with a gentle touch, we’ll help you make the right decision for your tooth.
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