Damaged teeth are an unfortunate part of life. Fortunately, restorative dentistry will help you restore those cracked or broken teeth. Dental crowns are a common treatment for these issues and can be used to strengthen teeth that have been broken during an injury or the used to replace the enamel that has been lost due to tooth decay.
During the treatment process, the enamel of the broken tooth will be cut away to form an abutment in order to place a fitted cap in the area. After the cap is molded to fit in the abutment, our dentists will glue it into place. Caps are formed using either porcelain or metal. In some cases, a combination of both may be used to create the cap. If a crown is placed on one of the molars, metal will likely be used as it is the stronger of the two materials. The metal will be needed to withstand the force necessary for the excess chewing required of the back teeth.
The materials used for the crown will not decay. That doesn’t mean you can neglect cleaning of the area. The tooth itself can still incur tooth decay if not properly cared for, which can cause the cap to loosen. Be sure to regularly brush and floss the treated area to make sure this doesn’t happen.
To learn more about how our dental crowns can help you, please contact Barton Oaks Dental Group in Austin, Texas. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!