A lot of people who dread the increasing pain of tooth decay quickly decide to get an extraction. However, there are cases when, despite the decay, a skilled dentist in Daytona Beach won’t immediately recommend extraction, especially if the root of the affected tooth is still intact and functional. Instead, he or she might recommend tooth filling.

Dental Crowns

Then again, a dental filling’s effectiveness is limited by the severity of tooth decay. In cases where almost half of the tooth has been damaged, dental fillings may no longer be viable. After all, their main purpose is to prevent the worsening of cavities. Besides, extensive damage would require more fillings, which might go below the gum line, damaging the tooth’s structural integrity. What a dentist could recommend, instead, is dental crown installation.

A dental crown is a restorative device used to replace the portion of a tooth that is lost to decay or trauma. Also known as a dental cap, it is usually made of porcelain to closely mimic real tooth. An article in YourDentistryGuide.com discusses the benefits of dental crowns, and gives details on their installation.

“Part of your dental crown consultation may involve taking impressions of your existing tooth (or teeth) as a basis for creating the shape and size of your crown restoration(s). If dental crowns will be used as part of a smile makeover, these impressions are used to make models for designing the new length, shape and alignment of your teeth, so that you can preview your new smile before committing to treatment.

Your dentist also will describe the tooth preparation process, as well as your options with regard to local anesthesia (to numb your teeth and surrounding areas) and sedation dentistry, if necessary. If your dental crown treatment involves placement of a temporary crown, your dentist will advise you of how long you will need to have the temporary in place and what hygiene steps to take to ensure functionality.”

Besides stopping tooth decay, a dental crown may also be used to cap a broken or discolored tooth. The crown can protect the broken tooth from factors that can trigger sensitivity, and conceal stains and discolorations. Most porcelain crowns may be colored to match the rest of the teeth while hiding imperfections.

Dental crowns can be installed painlessly with the right anesthetics. However, those with more serious dental fears might want to go to a trusted Daytona Beach dentist, like Amy Vera, DDS, who administers IV sedation. This guarantees a relaxed and anxiety free session that can put an end to an excruciating toothache caused by tooth decay.

(Source: Dental Crowns: Preserve Damaged Teeth with a Crown, YourDentistryGuide.com)