Why Athletes May Need Dental Crowns This Season

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Dental CrownsFall sports are in full swing, and as teeth become damaged, dental crowns are a viable solution for restoring them.  As a local dentist, we see both youth and adult athletes suffer from oral injuries on a regular basis.  The American Dental Association believes that over $500 million a year is spent by people looking to restore or replace teeth that have become damaged due to a sporting accident. There are several things you can do to keep yourself or the athlete in your family, from having teeth damaged while playing sports.  It starts by keeping teeth in good oral health and preventing gum disease.  By brushing and flossing throughout the day along with having teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year, teeth can remain cavity and infection free.  This is important because teeth that become infected or a mouth with gum disease, can lead to bone loss in teeth, making them weak and susceptible to damage. Additionally, the American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouth guard in order to prevent oral injuries.  In fact, they estimate that around 200,000 high school and college students are saved from injury every year by wearing a mouth guard.  This is not a sure bet but does make a significant reduction in how many athletes suffer as a result of a sporting accident.  For those that get their tooth cracked anyway – dental crowns can help. We use dental crowns to repair and restore teeth that have become severely cracked, damaged or have had a large portion of the tooth structure removed, as is common with a root canal.  For those that are unfamiliar with a crown, it is a cap that surrounds the tooth.  This way when you bite down on the tooth, you aren’t actually touching the damaged tooth – you are touching the crown. In order to start the process, the existing tooth is prepared by having a portion of enamel removed so that when the crown is placed it will fit without pushing teeth out of the way.  A temporary crown will be worn right away while a permanent one is created in a lab using an impression of the mouth.  The permanent crown will be made to fit perfectly, look natural, and have the perfect bite so that there is no discomfort while eating. Dental crowns can be made of several different materials.  All-metal crowns are ideal for back teeth that take a lot of abuse.  They are incredibly durable. Ceramic-on-metal crowns look natural minus a thin line that can appear after a while.  This is a good solution because the ceramic looks natural while the metal below remains durable.  All-ceramic crowns are also available and typically worn on front teeth because they have a completely natural looking appearance.  Since they are made of ceramic only, they don’t last as long as metal ones but are still an ideal solution. Athletes that have cracked a tooth, or had a large portion get knocked off, can benefit from wearing dental crowns because it provides an opportunity to save a damaged tooth.  A tooth doesn’t need to be pulled or replaced as long as a crown can be used to strengthen and restore it. Tags:

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