Crowns are used to treat cracked and chipped teeth. It is important to see a dentist as soon as possible if you’ve experienced a cracked tooth. Once a tooth is cracked, bacteria can quickly make its way the root of the tooth. In addition to pain, bacteria at the root can result in the need to completely replace the tooth. Often times, the bacteria entering the cracked tooth is painless until it’s too late.
Sometimes a crown is used to repair an already decayed tooth or a filling that has failed. You can prevent a serious toothache by asking getting an exam. From a dentist’s perspective, it is easy to observe a cavity or area of decay that could support the need for a crown.
Will I see a crown?
Crowns are almost undetectable to the human eye if installed properly. Your new crown can be matched to the natural and shape of your tooth. In fact, your crown will be an impression of your former tooth.
Does it hurt?
The installation of a crown will not be painful. However, avoiding a crown can result in severe pain. This is an indication that tooth decay has settled in and needs to be addressed.