Restorative Dentistry in San Marcos Can Help If You Damage a Crown

Posted on: July 24, 2015

Restorative Dentistry in San MarcosAs a provider of restorative dentistry in San Marcos, we can help you if you have damaged your dental crown. Dental crowns are a long-lasting restorative solution ideal to use after a tooth has been infected, chipped, or cracked. Given the fact that they can last for 15 years or longer, many people are under the assumption that crowns cannot be damaged. This, unfortunately, is not the case. All teeth – real or otherwise – can be damaged by the same basic things. If you bite down on a piece of ice or chew on a pencil, you can damage your crown. If you get in an accident, you can damage your crown. Additionally, there is always the risk that the tooth underneath becomes damaged or infected, creating a need to treat the tooth and the crown at the same time. If you find yourself in one of these situations, let us know so we can help you right away.

Signs you need restorative dentistry in San Marcos

If you have a toothache, you could have a cavity or infection. If the tooth in question is one that has a crown on it, this can be a sign that the tooth underneath has become infected and you need care right away. If you feel any ridges, rough spots, cracks, or chips while running your tongue along your teeth, this could be a sign that you need a restoration. Also, if your crown feels loose, you should call our office right away since it is possible for a loose crown to fall off and be swallowed. These same signs can be applied to your natural teeth and your crowns, and in both cases, we can help you.

Ways restorative dentistry in San Marcos can help you

In our dental office, we can restore your natural tooth or your crown. To start, we will examine your teeth and take x-rays. This will tell us what is damaged and the extent of that damage. If it is only to your dental crown, we might be able to save the crown by smoothing it out and using a bonding material. If the tooth underneath is infected or damaged, we will need to remove the crown so we can treat the tooth. The same holds true for if you do not have a dental crown and simply have a damaged tooth. In some cases, a root canal will be required as part of the procedure. In other cases, a new dental crown needs to be applied to the tooth and bonded in place. Regardless of what the damage is or the path to correct it, we can do so in a way that is natural-looking and comfortable.

In some cases, the damage is severe, and the tooth needs to be extracted. When this is the case, we can remove the tooth and replace it with either a dental bridge or a dental implant. Both achieve the same goal of replacing a tooth but do so in a way that is entirely different. A bridge is held in place by two dental crowns while a dental implant is surgically inserted into your jaw. To learn more about any of these procedures, call our office and schedule an appointment.

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