If you have a broken tooth hanging out in your mouth, you already know that this is not a good thing. You’re also not the only person walking around with a broken tooth. Estimates are that at least 75% of adults have broken at least one tooth during their lifetimes. It is easy to do as you get older. You can break a tooth on something as simple as biting down on a pretzel or a nut. You might even break a tooth while you sleep.
Do you have a tooth that is cracked or broken? You will need to make your tooth stronger in order to keep it safe and healthy - and that’s where we come in. We can help you save your tooth. In fact, saving your teeth is our priority. Let Bryan Hill, DDS take a minute to give you more information on protecting your teeth through crowns.
What Are Crowns?
Think about a crown as a shield for your tooth, a suit of armor. When you crack or break a tooth, it is weakened and needs extra protection. We can place a crown (or a cap) over your broken, chipped tooth to protect it. We make crowns out of porcelain over metal. The saving needs to be as strong as possible because often, it is your teeth you use most for chewing that crack or break. While some people want gold or silver crown, most patients want crowns to blend in with their natural teeth. The porcelain over metal crowns are strong and effective. Plus, they look just like your regular teeth, so no one will know you have a crown unless you tell them.
Do I Need A Crown?
You might. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you may need a crown to help protect it. You may also need a crown over a tooth that is weak because of a large filling. Those large, older fillings can crack or break. Over time, bacteria could get into old fillings and cause a new cavity. Sometimes, crowns are used to fix a tooth that has cracked from an accident or an injury.
You may also need a crown when your tooth gets cracked from bruxism. Bruxism is when you grind or clench your teeth at night. Oftentimes, we'll suggest wearing a nightguard or placing a crown on that tooth, which protects it from damage if you clench or grind your teeth. Sometimes, we put a crown on a tooth that is a different color than your other teeth. Sometimes, when a tooth is damaged, it changes color. Placing a crown on that tooth makes it look like your other teeth.
Do you have a cracked or broken tooth? Do you need help protecting your teeth from further damage? Give Bryan Hill, DDS a call at (509) 505-6303. Let us talk to you about crowns, and how they can help protect your teeth from damage.