Do you grind your teeth? If untreated, this habit may damage your teeth to the point that they need to be reinforced by dental crowns? But what exactly are dental crowns? And why does teeth grinding create a need for them? Get the answers to these questions and more below as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson answers your most frequently asked questions about dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
Sometimes called a cap, a dental crown is a restorative device shaped like a tooth that fits over the top of a damaged or weakened tooth. Dental crowns are hollow, but they are sufficiently strong enough to reinforce damaged teeth and restore their function. They also offer impressive cosmetic results, allowing them to blend in among natural teeth.
Why does teeth grinding create a need for dental crowns?
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, subjects teeth to tremendous forces that can damage them over time. Initially, this damage may be in the form of enamel loss, which weakens teeth and simultaneously makes them more vulnerable to tooth decay. As teeth weaken, however, they become more likely to suffer structural damage such as a crack, chip, or break. If structural damage occurs, the teeth will be unable to function properly until a dental crown is placed to reinforce them.
What other situations require a dental crown?
Tooth decay and some dental emergencies can also create a need for a dental crown. Teeth that succumb to tooth decay are significantly weakened and, therefore, more likely to suffer structural damage, while a dental emergency, such as an unexpected blow to teeth, can result in damage to a tooth that may necessitate the placement of a dental crown.
Dental Crowns from Your Des Moines IA Dentist
Have you damaged a tooth? Do you want a restoration that looks natural? 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.