Restorative dentistry’s main goal is to help you save as much of your healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. When a tooth is cracked or broken, it requires care and treatment to stop the damage from growing worse, or the tooth from becoming unable to function properly. In many cases, a custom-designed dental crown can be the most effective way to restore a compromised tooth. Dental crowns are designed to closely mimic the size, shape, and appearance of healthy teeth, and are bonded over them to offer a comprehensive solution for restoring them.
Giving a tooth its strength back
The main purpose of your teeth is to bite and chew food, which makes them the most used parts of your body. Damage to a tooth can leave it structurally weak, and therefore, more likely to impact your bite’s ability to function without causing more tooth damage. When restoring the tooth, one of the most important goals is ensuring it has the strength to continue functioning without sustaining any further damage. With a dental crown, your dentist can completely cap the tooth to repair the damage and fortify its structural integrity, allowing you to bite and chew properly once again.
Protecting a tooth from further damage
In some cases, a damaged tooth might still be strong enough to function properly, but the pressure of your bite will only cause it to become damaged more severely over time. By taking on the majority of your bite’s pressure, a dental crown not only restores a tooth’s damage, but also prevents the fracture or break from becoming more extensive. This improves your long-term oral health by reducing your risks of needing more restorative treatment for the same tooth later.
Restoring your bite’s proper balance
When a tooth is no longer as strong as it was, or if the damage to its structure impacts how it meets its opposite tooth when you bite down, then your bite’s balance may be thrown off. For a dental crown to be placed over a tooth, it has to closely mimic its size, shape, and contour, which means it can also maintain the proper balance your bite needs to function properly. In addition to protecting your tooth structure, the restoration of your bite balance helps preserve your healthy tooth structure by ensuring no tooth is exposed to undue pressure.
Save your tooth with a custom dental crown
Sometimes, restoring your tooth means shielding it with a durable, lifelike dental crown. To learn more about how a dental crown can save your tooth, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.