You have been told you need a dental crown, and you wonder why last time you needed treatment you were able to get a filling instead? A dental crown is typically recommended when your tooth has sustained more damage or decay than a filling can repair. It is designed to restore your entire tooth structure while protecting the integrity of your root. Here are some of the reasons we might recommend dental crowns in High Point.
Your Tooth is Broken or Fractured
If your tooth cracks, breaks, or fractures it can allow harmful bacteria into your tooth, which could reach your nerve and cause an infection. It may also impede your ability to eat and chew properly, not to mention cause you pain. A crown will replace your tooth and restore the function that you need.
You Have Lost an Old Restoration
Unfortunately, crowns and fillings do have a lifespan. When they break or fall out, your tooth will need to be repaired to prevent further damage, pain, or an infection. A crown is typically the best option for restoring and building up a tooth that has already been weakened with a previous restoration.
Your Tooth has Extensive Decay
When your dentist detects decay early on, it can often be treated with a dental filling. If the decay is left untreated and progresses or is more extensive to begin with, a crown is the best option for eliminating the decay and restoring your tooth.
If your tooth is in need of a crown, it's important not to delay your treatment to protect your oral health. Your new crown can be completed in about two weeks with two appointments. Your team at Deep River Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is happy to answer any questions you might have about crowns or any other procedures, give us a call today.