Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, fit over the top of teeth and strengthen them in order to restore their function and prevent further damage. But what kinds of situations require dental crowns? Read below as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, discusses three situations in which a dental crown may be necessary.
Circumstances that May Require a Dental Crown
- Bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, subjects teeth to strenuous forces capable of wearing them down over time. Additionally, most bruxism occurs at night, when people are unaware of the damage they are inflicting on their teeth. Thus, bruxism may go undetected for a while, especially if regular dental visits are neglected and the teeth are not examined for signs of wear. Eventually, however, if the habit continues, bruxism will make its presence known. What may start as perennial sensitivity in the mornings can quickly turn into a much larger problem as teeth begin to suffer structural damage such as chips, cracks, or breaks. When teeth suffer this kind of damage, dental crowns are necessary to repair them and restore their function.
- Tooth decay. Tooth decay can weaken a tooth just a drastically as bruxism can. As a cavity develops, a tooth loses structural integrity, and in some cases, a dental crown may be necessary to prevent more significant damage from occurring to the tooth.
- A dental emergency. A dental emergency can occur at any moment. If a tooth is damaged and broken during an emergency, a dental crown may be the best way to repair it.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
A damaged tooth is in great peril. It is also unable to function properly and can result in serious discomfort. However, with the aid of a dental crown, a damaged tooth can function as it did before it sustained damage. If your tooth needs strengthening, contact your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.