Could a dental crown be what you need to restore your smile?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a natural tooth structure. The main reason our Morris, IL, family dentists Drs. Douglas and Scott Halkyard place crowns is to preserve and protect a tooth. Wondering if your smile could benefit from a dental crown? It could if you are dealing with,
A cracked or broken tooth
If you are dealing with a deep or severe crack in the tooth then our Morris, IL, dentists may recommend a dental crown. A crown fits over the crown of the tooth all the way to the gum line, which can also protect the roots of the teeth from exposure. If you notice dental pain that gets worse when chewing you could be dealing with a cracked or stress fractured tooth. See us right away for care.
A weak tooth
If you’ve been grinding your teeth for years and aren’t actively taking steps to correct this bad habit, your dentist may have told you at your last dental visit that your teeth are really starting to wear down. All that grinding and intense power from your jaws can really wear away healthy teeth. Over time, this can cause teeth to become weaker. When this happens, one of the best solutions is to place a dental crown over the tooth to restore strength and resiliency.
A large cavity
While most cavities can be treated with a simple filling, there are instances where the cavity is so widespread that it will require a more extensive type of restorative dentistry in order to preserve the tooth’s natural structure. In this case, a dental crown may be a better option for saving what’s left of the tooth. Since a large filling can leave the tooth prone to cracking over the years, a crown may be a better alternative for preserving the tooth.
A discolored or misshapen tooth
Teeth that are not as structurally sound often have aesthetic flaws. If one of your teeth is also severely discolored or oddly shaped, then a crown can help to not just strengthen the tooth but also cover these imperfections for a healthier and more attractive smile.
Halkyard Family Dental in Morris, IL, is your one-stop-shop for crowns, teeth whitening, prophylactic care and more. If you are looking for a dentist for the whole family, give us a call at (815) 942-0830.