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How to Know When it’s Time for a Crown

May 16, 2017 By Dr. Rick Leppo

blog12For a few weeks now, something has felt a bit “off” in your bite. When you’re chewing food, a particular tooth seems as though it’s out of place or even twinges now and then. You can’t nail down exactly what area it’s coming from, but you’re sure that something isn’t normal.

You’re right. That tooth has a crack in it and now it needs a crown to make sure it doesn’t break apart. You may be wondering why our Columbia dentist can’t put a filling in it instead. To explain, it’s important for you to know why a tooth might need a dental crown:

A Large Portion of Your Tooth is Broken or Decayed

If you broke a tooth or feel a large area that has chipped off, patching it up with a filling won’t hold up to the test of time. A crown will!

An Old, Large Silver Filling is Leaking

Amalgam fillings often take up a large portion of the tooth. Once the old restoration starts to leak, there isn’t always enough enamel left to hold a new filling. Instead, the entire tooth needs to be covered.

You Just Got a Root Canal

Following endodontic treatment, your tooth is no longer alive. Non-vital teeth can chip and wear away quicker than a tooth that still has a vital nerve inside of it. After your root canal, a crown protects your enamel so that your tooth continues to function normally.

It’s time to save your smile and repair your tooth before it needs to be extracted. Call Columbia Dental Center today to find out more about our gentle crown treatments.

Posted on behalf of Columbia Dental Center

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