Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental Crowns in Las Vegas

Being told you need a dental crown may be a confusing revelation, especially if you brush and floss regularly. Unfortunately, the need for a dental crown is oftentimes unavoidable. Some of the reasons you may need a dental crown include: 
 
- Cavity resulting in a large filling
- Fractured tooth (trauma)
- Weak Structure 
- Root canal 
- Missed tooth rot 
- Avoiding the need for extraction 
 
You also may be thinking that the above reasons can be avoided with a good brushing and flossing routine. That may not always be the case. If you have crowded teeth, that will simply increase the likelihood you will get a cavity in a spot that is difficult to notice without x-rays in an area that is physically impossible to clean with a toothbrush and/or floss. Additionally, some teeth are simply prone to cavities. 
 
In short, don’t be stressed if your dentist tells you that you need a crown. Ask your dentist if there is anything you can do to prevent crowns in the future and follow his or her instructions exactly. 
 
What Is a Dental Crown? 
 
A dental crown is simply a replacement tooth that slips over your existing tooth. If you have a large cavity, root canal, or tooth fracture, your dentist will want to salvage your natural tooth if and when it is possible. 
 
First, a mold of the tooth will be taken if possible. Then, a small procedure will be performed to clear out any rot (in cases of tooth rot, cavity, or root canal) and the tooth will be worn down to a nub. You will typically get a temporary crown while the mold of the tooth is sent to an outside company. The outside company makes a permanent crown and the permanent crown is adhered during your second visit. 
 
What Are My Options? 
 
In most cases, your dentist will recommend a porcelain crown that is made it match your surrounding teeth. However, in some cases, your dentist may recommend or offer a gold or silver crown instead. If you would prefer a gold or silver crown, be sure to let your dentist know during your first crown procedure visit. 
 
If you think you may be in need of dental crowns in Las Vegas, contact Dr. Tomaro's office at 702-331-4700 today.