Dental Crowns Can Prevent Root Canals

When you think of preventive dental care what comes to mind?

You may think of brushing your teeth, cleaning between your teeth, and maybe using a fluoride mouthrinse of some kind.

We also hope you will think of routine visits to our dentist office for cleanings and examinations if you live in Sterling Heights, Auburn Hills, or anywhere in between.

But what about dental crowns? We admit that it may sound odd to think of something that we would normally consider a restorative procedure as a preventive measure. Yet, dental crowns can serve both roles at the same time.

And with our same-day dental crowns at Forever Young Dentistry, you won’t have to wait to start receiving these benefits.

Dental Crowns & Root Canals

Often we discuss dental crowns as the final step in a root canal treatment.

After removing the infected parts from inside your tooth, we fill the tooth with a rubbery material to help it maintain its shape. The final step is sealing the tooth to both to restore its shape and its function as a tooth.

In many cases, a dental crown is the best option to complete this process.

But what if we used a dental crown to as a way to prevent the infection from starting?

Keep in mind that an infected tooth includes symptoms like toothaches, pain when biting or chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold (think coffee and ice cream), and swelling of the soft tissues around your infected tooth. We don’t think we are going out on a limb to say most and probably all people would prefer to avoid those problems.

How A Dental Crown Can Prevent Bigger Problems

If you need a dental, then something is already wrong with your tooth. The only question is whether you want to take care of that problem or risk letting it get worse.

Our preference is to take care of problems as soon as possible. Here are a couple scenarios when a dental crown may be the best option. These are real situations that people face although the characters we are describing are not based on any real person.

︎ Billy has a cavity.

Tooth decay has taken hold of one of Billy’s teeth. He tried to brush it aside at first, but this isn’t the kind of problem that will just go away on its own.

By the time Billy decided to come to our dentist office, the cavity was too large for a filling. He’d lost more than half of the chewing surface of his tooth.

If the decay had continued, then it could have eaten deeper into his tooth. When it reached the center of the tooth, it would have infected the pulp and caused that tissue to become inflamed.

That’s when a root canal treatment would have been necessary.

Instead, the dentist removed the decay and created a dental crown to restore Billy’s tooth and reduce his risk of a new cavity.

︎ Bobbi broke a tooth.

Bobbi loves playing softball, but a bad hop in her last game did more than let a run score. When she bent over to scoop up the ball, it hit a rock and smacked her in the mouth instead of landing in her glove.

One of Bobbi’s teeth broke as a result of this. Then dentist noticed that the break was deep enough to expose the dentin of her tooth. Dentin is the layer below the hard enamel on the outside of the tooth.

Inside of leaving her tooth vulnerable to bacteria, the dentist made a crown for Bobbi. This allowed her to keep her winning smile without worrying about her tooth becoming infected.

︎ Cindy cracks a tooth.

Cindy thought jawbreakers was just a nickname until she tried biting into one. Instead, instead of breaking the candy into smaller parts, it felt like something happened to her tooth.

She thought she saw a small crack when she looked in the mirror. A visit to the dentist confirmed that she had done just that. Once a crack starts, it could spread deeper into her teeth. It might even allow bacteria to get to her pulp without having to create a cavity.

Rather than taking a chance that the crack would stop growing, Cindy took the dentist’s advice and got a dental crown instead.

Preventive Crowns?

Dental crowns aren’t just for looks. They can play a key role in preventing you from dealing with bigger issues (infected teeth) that required more invasive treatments (root canals).

To make an appointment at our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI, or to learn more about dental crowns, simply fill out our online form or call 586-698-7135.