Signs You May Need a Dental Crown

Illustration of dental crowns to reinforce a tooth

Dental crowns are used by our dental team to restore the shape, size, and strength of damaged or infected teeth. Though a dental crown can cover a damaged or weakened tooth, other restorative alternatives than a dental crown may be a better option. However, if you are experiencing any of the following issues, you may benefit from a dental crown:

You Have Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is weakened enamel damaged by acidic byproducts of bacteria. Some decay can be remineralized naturally. Severe decay results in a cavity, which is permanent damage that must be treated with a dental filling, a dental crown, or root canal therapy. The treatment will vary on the location of the tooth and the severity of the decay. Crowns are often used after a tooth has had a root canal or to reinforce a tooth severely compromised by a large cavity.

You Have Suffered Dental Trauma

Though cavities may be considered dental trauma, situations like a cracked, chipped, or severely worn down tooth fall into the category of trauma too. These tooth conditions could result from teeth grinding or from a blow to the face during a sports’ game. Opting for a dental crown can help preserve the natural tooth and prevent sensitivity and infection.

You Have Cosmetic Concerns

While a dental crown can protect a natural tooth, crowns can also improve the appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns are designed to fit perfectly over a single tooth and mimic its appearance. Depending on the material chosen for a crown, the restoration can match closely with the natural teeth and cover up tooth stains or misshapen teeth.

Dental Crowns in Fort Smith, AR

Dental crowns aren’t the only restorative or cosmetic option you have for your smile. However, they are durable and simple to place and maintain. Contact our office to learn more about dental crowns or our other restorative services!

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Southern Dental Fort Smith

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