What Is A Dental Crown And When Would You Need One?

A dental crown is a tooth restoration method, the crown; also called a cap, fits completely over that portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line. In a sense, crowns in Arlington Heights are a new exterior surface; a filling on the other hand is only used to repair a certain part of the tooth that was the site of decay. A crown is permanent, it is cemented into place; if maintained as other teeth are; a crown will last for many years.

Why is a crown needed?

There are a number of reasons why your dentist will suggest that you have a tooth crowned:

* Large filling: A large filling, one which is perhaps half the size of the tooth will have to be covered with a crown. What little is left of the tooth after the large filling is not strong enough to withstand normal use, as it has been weakened considerably, chances are very good the tooth will fracture.

* Root canal: A root canal removes the core of a tooth, what is left is fragile and will be prone to cracking. To ensure that a tooth that has had root canal treatment does not fail, a crown should be placed as part of the total procedure.

* Excessive wear: Some people are predisposed to grinding their teeth; as a result, the tooth will become shorter over time. The only way to restore the tooth is to cover it with a crown.

* Poor appearance: If a tooth is grossly discolored or is an odd shape or there are spaces between teeth, crowns in Arlington Heights can make them look beautiful. Depending on the particulars of the situation, your dentist may also suggest a dental veneer, a conservative and yet effective way to enhance the appearance of teeth.

The lifespan of crowns in Arlington Heights has a lot to do with your dental hygiene practices and the wear and tear that the crown is exposed to.

Dental crowns in Arlington Heights are an ideal solution if you have lost a considerable amount of a tooth due to excessive decay, a root canal or excessive tooth wear. You are invited to make an appointment with James Kakos DDS.

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