How Do Dental Crowns Prevent Tooth Loss?

Dental crowns aren’t the most common type of tooth restoration, but they’re recommended more frequently than many others. That’s largely due to their ability to address a wide range of tooth concerns, and these days, modern crowns can be designed to closely mimic any healthy, natural, and unique tooth structure. However, besides their versatility and cosmetic appeal, dental crowns are often recommended because they’re highly effective at restoring and saving compromised teeth. That includes teeth that may be so damaged that they’re at a risk of being lost if not treated promptly.

They prevent further tooth damage

Restoring a tooth that’s been damaged or compromised requires two main things – to stop the damage from growing worse, and to restore the tooth’s ability to function properly. By stopping the damage to your tooth from growing any worse, you can prevent the tooth from becoming even more compromised and your risks of losing it from getting higher. A dental crown accomplishes this by capping the tooth in question, completely covering and holding together all of the tooth’s natural structure. By preventing further damage, a dental crown can help you protect and preserve the healthy, natural tooth structure that remains.

They restore a tooth’s structural integrity

Preventing a tooth from sustaining further damage after it’s already been fractured or broken is important, but the other part of restoring the tooth including reestablishing the tooth’s strength and integrity. Today’s modern dental crowns are often designed to closely mimic the tooth’s size, shape, contour, and appearance as precisely as possible. Once in place, the crown not only protects the tooth, but also takes the brunt of the pressure from biting and chewing.

They reestablish proper bite function

When a tooth is damaged to a certain degree, it can have a notable impact on your bite’s ability to function properly. This is because all of your teeth are required to properly distribute your bite’s pressure, and if a tooth is too damaged to sustain its share, then the rest of your bite’s function may also suffer. Restoring the tooth’s strength and integrity, while stopping it from becoming more damaged, can help your bite function more effectively, and restore balance to prevent excessive pressure on any of your other teeth.

Save your tooth with a dental crown

A custom-designed dental crown can save your tooth from a number of different problems, including those that could become severe enough to lead to their loss. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.