When your tooth is damaged by fractures or decay, our dentist can provide a dental crown to cover it, protecting the tooth from further damage and restoring your beautiful, functional smile. We offer porcelain or E-MAX (metal free), Zirconia (metal free), Lava (metal free), or full gold crowns. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Randy Cockrell and learn more about dental crowns, contact us today at 714-974-0949 in Anaheim Hills, California.
Dental crowns, or caps, are multi-purpose restorations. A crown covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, restoring the tooth to its original shape and size as well as giving you normal oral function. Our dentist may recommend a crown for a tooth that is severely stained or that has sustained damage.
Reasons for crown placement include:
- Protect a tooth following a roto canal treatment
- Anchor and attach a dental bridge
- Cover and complete a dental implant
- Enhance the appearance of your tooth and smile
- Improve the look of a misshapen tooth
- Strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weak
- Support a tooth with a large filling
Our dentist often recommends dental crowns to treat teeth that have cracks and fractures. Cracked teeth can greatly increase your risk of developing a serious dental problem, such as infection in the pulp of your teeth. There are many types of cracked teeth, all of which produce the same symptoms, including pain while chewing, intermittent pain, sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks, or a release of biting pressure.
Common types of cracked teeth include:
- Craze lines – These are tiny, superficial cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. They are not usually a cause for concern and do not require any specific treatments.
- Fractured cusps – This crack occurs when the cusps at the top of the tooth become weakened and break off. You will need a dental crown to restore damage caused by fractured cusps.
- Cracked tooth – This crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth to the root, and sometimes even below the gumline and into the root. Damage to the pulp is common, and root canals are the best treatment option. If left untreated, the tooth may need to be extracted.
- Split tooth – These are usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth and can be easily identified by the distinct segment the tooth breaks into. Depending on the severity of the crack, the tooth may or may not be saved.
- Vertical root fracture – This crack begins at the roots and extends toward the chewing surface. There are no obvious symptoms of this type of crack, and it may go unnoticed for a long time. If you have a vertical root fracture, an oral surgeon will most likely need to extract the tooth.
You may also benefit from a dental crown if you need to improve the shape of a tooth, anchor a dental bridge, complete a dental implant, strengthen a tooth that is weakened from fractures, or support a large filling when little of your natural tooth structure remains.
We invite you call our office today to learn more about dental crowns and cracked teeth, and make your appointment with our experienced dentist.