Dental Crowns After a Root Canal

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Dental CrownsIf your tooth becomes infected, a dental crown may be used to help protect it after a root canal.  Dr. Khammar is a local dentist that treats patients suffering from a variety of oral health issues.  It is important to receive ongoing preventative care to prevent cavities and gum disease.  By having your teeth cleaned twice a year, you may be able to avoid severe tooth infections and the need for procedures like a root canal. If, however, your tooth does become infected it will need to be treated right away.  This will prevent the infection from spreading and creating additional issues.  Small cavities can be treated easily by simply removing the decayed area and using a dental filling.  This is quick, easy, and typically pain free. When a tooth infection is not treated right away, the dental pulp (soft center of the tooth) may become infected.  When it does, the roots can become infected as well.  This is very painful and makes it difficult to eat or bite down, leading most people to call the dentist for an emergency appointment.  In order to treat it, Dr. Khammar will remove the infected area of the tooth and roots, clean out the debris and bacteria, and then use a filling to repair the area.  Additionally, a dental crown will typically be placed over the tooth in order to protect and strengthen it. A dental crown is an important tool for restoring a tooth that has been infected or damaged.  Since it is a full cap, it prevents bacteria and food from actually touching the tooth.  It also makes it possible to eat by providing the strength and durability that the natural tooth can no longer provide. Previously, crowns only came in metallic materials.  The most common type was a silver crown.  These are durable and long lasting but do not look good. When a person smiles, metal dental crowns are obvious and can make someone look like they have a mouth full of metal.  Fortunately, modern dentistry has evolved to the point where other materials are available. Patients can now select an all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, or all-ceramic crown to be placed onto their tooth.  The variety of options even makes it possible to have a crown placed on the patient’s front tooth without the appearance of a dental restoration. Dental crowns are used most often for teeth that have become severely damaged or infected.  They are better than dental veneers because they completely surround the tooth which provides stability.  A veneer is simply placed on the front of the tooth and better suited for minor repairs or cosmetic fixes.  Dr. Khammar will discusses both options with patients and makes recommendations based on what will work best in the long run. The only downside to a crown is that there can be some wear and tear on the surrounding teeth.  If your other teeth are damaged as well, you may need to have several crowns placed at one time in order to strengthen all of them.  To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khammar today. Tags:

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