Crowns are often applied when a tooth has weakened or broken due to trauma, large decay, or an existing large filling. There are many reasons why a crown may be indicated as ideal treatment. They can be indicated as a preventive procedure when your dentist diagnoses a tooth that appears prone to fracture, even if that tooth is currently asymptomatic. When a tooth breaks, we never know how deep it will go. Proactive, preventive care can reduce risk of root canal therapy or extraction. Crowns are also commonly used to restore broken down or worn front teeth for a youthful, invigorated smile. At Lee Dental Centers, your dentist will partner with experienced lab technicians to construct a dental restoration that protects your tooth and matches your existing teeth to create a natural-looking, healthy smile.
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Dental Crowns FAQ
I have an old crown that appears too dark. How can I whiten it?
With porcelain restorations, the only way to predictably alter the shade of the crown is to create a new crown for the tooth and select a lighter shade of porcelain. Over time, most patients will experience slight changes in their gum contours and positioning. A crown that looked very natural 10 years ago may not look like it belongs in your smile anymore. Improvements in dental materials allow the dentists at Lee Dental Centers to replace old crowns with a naturally beautiful looking tooth.
How do I know if I have a cracked tooth?
To diagnose a cracked tooth, your dentist will rely on your description of clinical symptoms, a thorough clinical examination, and an x-ray of the tooth. Many times, if the tooth is not yet broken, a crack can be difficult to detect on an x-ray. A cracked tooth may exhibit symptoms such as sensitivity to hot and/or cold with biting tenderness or a “zinging” pain on biting. It is more common for a crack to develop on a tooth with a history of a large filling; however, cracks can also develop anywhere a tooth takes a lot of biting force. Patients who clench or grind their teeth are more prone to developing cracks.