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Crowns

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of every 4 Americans has untreated tooth decay.  Tooth decay is a progressive disease with very subtle symptoms, if any, until it is very advanced. If not treated, tooth decay ultimately results in tooth loss. If tooth decay goes un-noticed and becomes moderate to advanced, a dental crown may be needed to restore the form of the tooth and add strength.


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Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria that lives in your mouth and forms plaque. Plaque is that sticky film that you wake up with in the morning. It is made up of bacteria that have multiplied over night. The removal of this plaque is the reason that you need to brush and floss your teeth every day and have regular cleanings with your dental hygienist.  Plaque attaches to the teeth and unless removed, it can cause holes to start forming in the teeth in hard to reach places and places not easy to see sometimes without an x ray. If the tiny holes are not found, the bacteria has a way into the tooth under the enamel and it can real damage to your teeth.

 

When a tooth has had a history of tooth decay, or tooth decay that has gone un -noticed until it is moderate to advanced and more than 50% of the tooth structure is missing once all decay and old filling materials have been removed, a dental crown is needed to provide strength so that the tooth will not break under chewing forces. Also, if a tooth becomes cracked or has undergone a root canal, it will also need a crown to provide the strength the tooth needs to continue functioning in the mouth.

 

How does a Dental Crown strengthen your tooth?

When tooth decay has damaged too much of your tooth and the health tooth structure is thin enough it is at risk for breakage with normal chewing forces, a crown can add the extra layer of defense your tooth needs to continue to serve you for chewing. If only a filling is placed in this type of scenario, it will act as a wedge in the tooth instead of a protective covering and it will increase your risk of tooth fracture. A crown surrounds the tooth and more event lay distributes the forces of chewing to protect what is left of the healthy tooth.

 

How long do crowns last?

A dental crown can last many years. Like all things wear and tear from constant use of the teeth will break doesn’t the bond between the crown and the tooth and there is a risk for bacteria getting between an old crown and the tooth and a new crown will need to be placed. This usually takes several years to occur although a sugary or acidic diet and teeth grinding will speed this up.

 

Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

The dentist will numb your tooth before the dental crown treatment is started. This will allow the dentist to work without any pain.

 

How much does a dental crown cost?

As decay destroys more and more of a tooth, the treatments become more extensive. Dental crowns cost between $700 - $1000 depending on the location and esthetics needed and the type of crown chosen.  Unfortunately, if a crown is needed, and no treatment is given, tooth fracture and removal are a certainty given time.  Tooth replacement is 4 times more costly than having a dental crown to protect your tooth.

 

What are the disadvantages of dental crowns?

If your tooth has more than 50% of its structure missing and you can have a crown, there is no disadvantage only advantage of stopping tooth decay and continuing to function on your tooth. If you are considering a crown for cosmetic purposes on a completely healthy natural tooth, the disadvantage is that you are introducing maintenance that will have to be kept up over the life of the tooth. The seam between the tooth and the crown will break down over time and the crown will have to be replaced given time.

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All Smiles Dentistry | Catherine Mentesana,
✆ Phone (appointments): 972-525-8180
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 972-747-1996
Address: 604 West Bethany Drive, Suite 210, Allen, TX 75013