Larry and Jerry* are teammates on a recreational softball team. During a recent game, they were both chasing the same fly ball.
Larry didn’t see Jerry, and Jerry didn’t see Larry, so …
They ran into each other — face first — and each of them chipped a tooth. (Plus, neither one of them caught the ball.)
What should Larry and Jerry do? Well, if they live in or near South Bend, IN, they need to see the dentist at Tulip Tree Dental Care to find out about getting a dental crown.
* Larry and Jerry are people we made up for this post, but lots of people chip or break their teeth every day. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns and how a dental crown may be able to restore your smile.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a way to replace or repair a tooth that has become damaged, decayed, or discolored in some way.
Dental crowns take the place of the natural crown of a tooth that isn’t as healthy or whole as it should be. Dental crowns can be used to fix a number of problems. Some of them are:
- Chipped And Broken Teeth
You don’t have to run into a teammate during a softball game to lose part of a tooth. You may trip and fall into something. Someone may throw something that strikes you in the face. You may bite down on something that proves to be a little tougher than your teeth.
Regardless of the reason you are missing part of your tooth, a dental crown can make it look complete again.
- Tooth Decay
Tooth decay can take hold in your mouth, and when it does, one of your teeth may pay the price for it. Decay can make your tooth weaker. You may notice that your tooth has become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. You may notice that you have more difficulty chewing with that tooth, too.
A dental crown can protect your tooth and restore your chewing ability.
- Discolored Tooth
This may be a symptom of your tooth decay. This also can occur if your tooth is injured in some way. The collision that we described at the start of this post could have caused damage to Larry and Jerry’s teeth instead of causing pieces of their teeth to break free.
With a dental crown, you can help your tooth match the rest of your smile once again.
- Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments are done to remove infections from the inside of a tooth. When the treatment is over, you need a way to close or seal the tooth. Dental crowns are an excellent way to provide this cover.
- Missing Tooth
Believe it or not, the average American will lose a tooth during his or her lifetime. A dental crown can be placed on a dental implant to fill the space that is created when a tooth goes missing.
How To Get A Dental Crown
To start, you need to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Hurcomb. She will examine your mouth to determine if a dental crown will work for your particular problem.
For patients with decayed, discolored, or damaged teeth, we may start by making an impression of your mouth.
This information helps to design a dental crown that looks like one of your natural teeth. We use porcelain and zirconia for our dental crowns because they are durable materials that look very much like real teeth.
To prepare your tooth for your dental crown we will reshape it into an abutment. We do this by removing the discoloration, the damaged area, or the decayed parts of your tooth.
You may need to wear a temporary crown while your permanent crown is created. When your dental crown is ready, you will return to our office, and we will bond it to your tooth.
This crown will look like a real tooth and, just as important, it will provide the same function that your natural tooth did.
Time To Smile Again
Don’t let a bad tooth ruin your smile or your ability to bite and chew your food. A dental crown from Tulip Tree Dental Care can restore your smile to what it used to be.