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Dental Crowns

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What is a Dental Crown?

Your dentist may recommend treatment with a crown. A crown is a standard procedure that helps restore the integrity of the tooth structure. A dental crown is a great option when a tooth becomes cracked, broken, or presents significant decay. It can also improve the look of your smile with a cosmetic dental crown. See below some of the ways Dr. Hale can treat dental issues and concerns with a crown.

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A Cracked or Broken Tooth

A cracked tooth can present itself in many ways. In some cases, part of the tooth can break off. In others, the crack can split the tooth. Damage can happen on all sides of the tooth, not only through the middle. They can be horizontal, vertical, or both. Some can even go undetected.

At Hale Family Dentistry, Dr. Jonathan Hale has seen all types of cracked teeth. He says, “Frequently, patients don’t know there is a crack in their tooth until it becomes symptomatic.” On the contrary, a severely cracked tooth can cause excruciating pain.

Reasons a tooth may crack:

  • Eating hard food
  • Stress causes jaw clenching
  • Automobile accident
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Weak or decayed tooth

Fact: If you find that your tooth has cracked or chipped without warning, there may have been an undiagnosed or break before it became symptomatic. Cracks will eventually cause pain, sensitivity, or more severe conditions if left untreated.

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Replace a Large Cavity Filling or Decayed Tooth with Dental Crowns

Decay in a tooth is called a cavity. And when you hear the sound of the drill, that is what your dentist is removing. Decay is untrustworthy and can surprise dentists in good ways and bad. In this case, a large filling that begins to cause the patient pain rarely surprises Dr. Hale. Just as decay is hard to predict until restoration is in progress, a large filling is not a permanent solution to a tooth that presents a lot of rot. Sensitivity is usually the result of a weak tooth structure, indicating that the filling may have been too large. A crown is a better option when there is a high probability that a filling will weaken the tooth’s integrity.

A dentist can only perform cavity fillings to a certain point before the filling begins to weaken the tooth. A dental crown will make the tooth stronger because it surrounds the tooth, unlike what fillings do. A decayed tooth that will require a large cavity filling can become unstable over time due to uneven force of chewing, sometimes cracking the filling as well.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Crowns repair teeth! By the way, did you know that they can enhance your smile, too? Dental crowns can fix misshapen teeth, support implants, and cap a root canal. They are also an alternative to dental veneers. If you grind your teeth at night or have an uneven bite, veneers may not be the right choice.

Metal or Silver dental crowns used to be popular. Not so much anymore because better and more durable materials exist in today’s dental offices. At Hale Family Dentistry, we want our patients to be in control and make choices that fit their needs and budget. If you are thinking about getting a dental crown for cosmetic reasons, be sure to check with your insurance to see if it’s covered. Dr. Hale has completed many cosmetic crown procedures in Fort Wayne. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jonathan Hale is sure to make your smile bright.

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Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Here are the top reasons for needing to get dental crowns

  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • A filling is too large
  • Cracked tooth
  • Cosmetic reasons
  • After a dental implant
  • After a root canal

There are many circumstances where a dental crown can help improve the look of your smile. Whatever the case, you deserve the best treatment possible. Dr. Jonathan Hale, DDS and the team at Hale Family Dentistry can help you achieve a great smile.