A crown is in essence a protective cap that is made to look just like a natural tooth. It can be made from a number of materials, certain metals, and alloys, as well as more tooth-colored options. These can not only help to protect your teeth, but they can also help restore them. We'll discuss some of these benefits below. To learn more, contact Dr. Bruce Adams in Laramie, WY.
They Can Protect Your Teeth
There are different reasons why a tooth may need to be protected, and some of the most common ones have to do with injury and decay.
A tooth that has suffered trauma needs a crown to keep it from further injury and to prevent infection. It's the same case with decay when cavities require larger fillings and there isn't much structure left of the tooth.
They Can Help Save Them
A root canal is often necessary when either injury or decay is deep enough that the connective tissue inside the tooth, typically referred to as the pulp, is threatened. Intense pain usually follows when an infection reaches this deep. To alleviate pain and save the tooth, a root canal removes this tissue. But because of the amount of tooth structure lost during the procedure a crown is typically necessary to protect it going forward.
They Can Restore Them
A tooth cannot always be saved, unfortunately. In these cases, your dentist can opt for a variety of restorative treatments, most commonly bridgework and dental implants.
A bridge is formed between healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. They must be capped by a crown and will then support the new tooth.
Dental implants also use a crown for treatment but they are supported by an implanted titanium post, onto which the new tooth is attached.
Dental Crowns in Laramie, WY
Dental crowns can benefit your smile in a number of ways and to find out what they can do for you come into the office today. Make an appointment with Dr. Adams in Laramie, WY, by dialing (307) 721-2900.