How Dental Crowns Can Repair Damaged Teeth

 In Damaged Teeth

Damaged teeth can have a severe effect on your general health, appearance and self-esteem. Unlike bones, teeth do not have the ability to heal themselves in the event of a break or crack. A broken or damaged tooth can have a significant effect on your remaining teeth as they are left without adequate support. The broken tooth is unable to provide the level of stimulation that the jaw structure, musculature and gum tissue requires.

A broken tooth can hurt quite alot if exposed to extreme temperatures while chewing can also become difficult, with sharp pain experienced when eating certain foods. Where the outer tissues of the tooth are broken, chewing may cause some movement of the pieces – resulting in the aggravation of the pulp. After time, the pulp can even become damaged to the point where it is unable to heal itself.

A damaged tooth does not necessarily mean extraction

Many patients have expressed that they have avoided addressing the issue of a damaged or cracked tooth as they believed extraction to be the only resolution. A damaged tooth does not automatically result in the need for extraction. In fact, a dentist’s priority is always to do everything they can to save the natural tooth. If the damaged/cracked tooth is left unrepaired, the damage will continue to worsen as will your pain and discomfort. Eventually the level of damage will reach that of a level where extraction really is the only option.

Extraction will only be required where a crack to your tooth extends below the gum line, where the tooth is split i.e. has a crack with distinct segments that can be separated or where cracks are evident in the root of the tooth. Even in such situations dentists will investigate the possibility of endodontic surgery to save a portion of the tooth.

How crowns can repair damaged teeth

Swift action is ever so important with cracked or damaged teeth. The sooner you visit a dentist for treatment after the damage has occurred, the easier the issue is to remedy. Where damage has yet to reach the gum line, a dental crown can prove a fast, effective restoration solution, extending the life of the tooth for many years. A crown essentially “caps” the tooth, acting as strong covering which prevents damage from worsening and restoring the appearance of a natural tooth.

Crowns are created from porcelain and are designed to look like natural teeth. A crown will be designed around the moulds taken of your specific tooth. When you first attend the dentist, the area around the tooth will be prepared and you will be fitted with a temporary crown to immediately address the issue. Your dentist will take impressions of your tooth and will have a permanent crown created for you. This can take a couple of weeks at which point you will attend for treatment again to get the permanent crown fitted to your remaining tooth structure, securing a long term solution to your cracked or damaged tooth.

If you crack or damage your tooth, attending a dentist as soon as possible can prevent significant pain and further oral health issues as well as damage to your confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately a broken tooth will never fix itself, but a quick trip to your dentist can bring about the quick resolution you require.

Principal – Dr Thomas Munroe BA BDent SC. TCD, Dip Clin Dent DU, MFGDP (UK)

Tom graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and set up Glenview Dental Surgery in Tallaght in 2003 and Milltown Dental Clinic in 2015.

Tom is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Irish Dental Association, and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Tom believes in continuing dental education and regularly travels abroad for seminars and conferences.

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