Preparated premolar tooth and dental metal-ceramic crown. Medically accurate 3D illustrationMaking sure your teeth are healthy and taken care of goes a little bit further than routine preventive care at home. In fact, the standard practice is a combination of brushing and flossing, paying mind to what foods and beverages you consume, and attending scheduled checkups at least twice a year. Indeed, falling short on any one of these steps can lead to complications such as infections, plaque buildup, decay, and more. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist will look at the situations in which a dental crown may be necessary to preserve a compromised tooth and how to avoid these complications.

Preserving Your Natural Tooth

Aside from a stain, one of the most common concerns that patients tend to develop is tooth decay. In its less-severe form – the cavity – decay can be handled with a simple composite filling procedure, in which your dentist will carefully clean and remove the decayed portions and fill the cavity with a strong composite resin to reinforce your tooth. In some cases, however, decay and infection can progress beyond a point in which a filling will be helpful, thus causing the restoration to fail. Once this point has been reached, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to save your smile.

Protecting Surrounding Structures

Protecting your smile with a dental crown can benefit your oral health in many ways. For example, a crown can be used to address a cracked structure causing sensitivity and increased risk of infection. It can also be utilized to protect a healing structure after a more extensive treatment such as a root canal, or even to prevent disease and decay spreading to surrounding structures. Restorations help teeth to rebound and restore their function back to normal so you can once again enjoy the benefits of a full and complete smile. What’s more, they provide a preferable alternative to extraction and prevent tooth loss. For more information, contact our team today.

A Custom Fit

Another benefit of a dental crown is customizability. In the past, these restorations were created to fully encapsulate an entire structure. While this can be beneficial, it also requires modification to your original tooth in order for the cap to fit properly. As an alternative and, depending on your specific dental needs, your restoration can fully cover or partially cover the affected area. Not only this, but your custom restoration can be created out of a number of materials to best suit your needs, whether you are seeking added protection from metal caps or if you would like a lifelike appearance with a shade-matched appearance.

Visit Our Leawood Office

For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 today.