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Posts for: July, 2017

By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental

Damaging your teeth increases your risk of tooth loss. Applying a crown to a damaged tooth offers an effective way to restore and dental crownsstrengthen weak teeth. Aurora, IL, dentist Dr. Brian O'Donovan explains how you can benefit from crowns.

When are crowns used?

Crowns are used to restore damaged teeth and also prevent fragile teeth from becoming damaged. They may be recommended if:

  • You Broke a Tooth: Whether a tooth broke when you bit into a nut or other hard food, or you were injured in an accident, crowns restore broken teeth. A broken tooth is not only unattractive but also makes chewing difficult.
  • You Had a Root Canal: Root canals save inflamed or infected teeth by removing the pulp. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth becomes weaker. If the tooth isn't covered by a crown, it may be more likely to break.
  • You Have Significant Tooth Decay: If tooth decay is extensive, your cavity may be too large for a traditional filling. Using a crown instead offers a better restoration method.
  • Your Teeth Are Brittle: Teeth can become brittle due to aging or a genetic disposition. Applying crowns to brittle teeth means that you won't have to worry about them breaking.
  • Your Tooth Cracked: Biting into hard objects can cause teeth to crack. Cracks increase the risk of a tooth fracture or a cavity. Any crack, no matter how small, creates an opening in your tooth through which bacteria can enter. Covering your tooth with a crown helps you avoid cavities and painful breaks.
  • You Lost a Tooth: Crowns restore lost teeth when they're used in dental bridges and dental implants.

How do crowns help?

Crowns, also called caps, fit snugly over teeth. Whether they're made of porcelain, resin or other materials, they're designed to absorb the extreme forces you generate when you bite. They also cover cracks and hide cosmetic imperfections. The first steps of the crown process involve preparing the tooth and making an impression of your teeth that will be used to create your crown in a dental laboratory. We'll make a temporary crown for you in our Aurora office and ask you to return for your permanent crown in about two weeks. Permanent crowns are attached with dental cement and feel completely natural.

Keep your teeth strong with dental crowns! Call Aurora, IL, dentist Dr. Brian O'Donovan at (630) 820-2100 to schedule an appointment.