Your teeth each have a hard outer shell made up of enamel. Unlike with your skin, bones, or other parts of your body, if the enamel of your teeth is damaged, it cannot regenerate. Damaged enamel exposes the sensitive inner areas of your tooth to be exposed to bacteria and the elements. This can lead to pain and infection. When there is extensive damage to the enamel, it can make it difficult to eat or speak. A dental crown can be used to restore a tooth. Today, we will examine four of the main reasons that you might need a dental crown. Your dental team in Mansfield, TX is here to serve your smile’s needs. 

#1: Advanced Tooth Decay

Tooth decay leads to the erosion of your tooth’s enamel. Early enamel erosion can be managed with a dental filling, which will restore the tooth and stop the decay. More advanced tooth decay may need to more extensive restoration.

#2: After a Root Canal

Once tooth decay infects the inner parts of your tooth, a root canal treatment may be necessary to disinfect it. After a root canal treatment, the outside structure of the tooth can be left quite weak and vulnerable. A customized crown can be placed on a tooth to give it strength and protection.

#3: To Pair with an Implant

If a tooth is completely lost (from extraction, gum disease, etc), it should be replaced. Replacing a tooth restores the smile’s function and appearance, while also protecting the jaw’s health. A dental implant replaces the roots of the tooth to keep the jaw bone fortified and strong. A dental crown can be placed atop the implant.

#4: Repairing Severe Damage

Decay may take a long time to destroy a tooth, but an accident or injury can damage a tooth in an instant. A dental crown can be used to restore a severely damaged tooth.

Have you been told you need a crown?

A dental crown can help restore your smile. To schedule a consultation, call Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, at 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield, TX and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.