You brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, but it still was not enough to prevent a cavity. You are not alone as tooth decay is the most chronic disease in adults and children. This occurs when sugars combine with the bacteria in your mouth, turning it into acid. It slowly eats away at your enamel until a hole develops. Often, the issue is easily treated with a dental filling. Unfortunately, they often go undetected for too long, allowing it to progress. The hole will become larger and can begin to cause damage to the inner layer of the tooth. When this occurs, a filling will no longer be enough. You will now need a crown. Dr. Gregory Solich provides dental crowns in Colorado Springs to restore the health of the tooth.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed for Decay?
When decay has caused significant damage, a dental filling can no longer be used because the tooth will be vulnerable to breaking. To prevent further issues, a protective cap is placed over the tooth to treat the decay and restore its health. By doing so, the function and appearance will also improve.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The process to receive a crown is simple. After taking x-rays and performing an examination, your tooth will first be prepared. This involves removing the area of damage. In some cases, if it has been left untreated for too long, the cavity can reach the inner most layer of the tooth. If this is the case, you will also need a root canal. In addition to removing the decay, the pulp will also need to be taken out.
After the tooth is prepared, it is then cleaned and sealed using a special material known as gutta-percha. An impression is taken to create your custom-made restoration at a dental lab. We will attach a temporary crown while you wait. In about two weeks, your new crown will be bonded to your tooth.
How Can I Prevent the Need for a Dental Crown?
Oral hygiene, regular care from your dentist, and a healthy diet are the best ways to prevent the need for a dental crown. In addition to brushing and flossing, limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, which are known to cause cavities. Maintain your regular dental checkups and cleanings to further reduce your risk.
A regular cleaning removes accumulations that can lead to decay. With a regular checkup, we will detect areas of weakened enamel to provide necessary intervention to stop a cavity from forming. If one does develop, we will find the issue while it is still small. This allows us to easily treat it with a simple dental filling.
Where Can I Get a Dental Crown?
If you tooth has been significantly compromised due to tooth decay, Dr. Solich provides the treatment and dental crown you need to restore your oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment for a high-quality restoration.