After a cavity develops, your tooth will experience permanent damage that has to be addressed with a restoration. By scheduling regular dental exams, you can have a problem with decay identified and treated in time to have a dental filling put in place to restore the tooth. However, you will need more support if you have a larger cavity, or if you have to undergo root canal therapy to save a tooth. At our Mansfield, TX dentist’s office, patients can have teeth restored with custom crowns that are designed to provide long-term protection. You can count on the crown to support you when you bite and chew food, so you will not be forced to work around it. You can also talk to your dentist about receiving a crown that imitates your healthy tooth structure.

How Serious Can A Cavity Really Be?

At first, a cavity will only do damage to a small portion of your enamel. At this point, your tooth can be restored with a dental filling, which only occupies a limited amount of space and blends in with your surrounding tooth structure. What you need to be aware of is how a cavity will worsen over time if it is not treated. Eventually, the damage will lead to your pulp developing an infection. This can be a painful problem, one that does put you at risk for tooth loss.

Receiving Your Custom Crown

After treating your tooth, your dentist will make plans to protect it with a custom crown. Before the crown is made, your tooth will be closely measured so that you have a restoration that is a precise fit. Once the restoration is ready, you will return for a follow-up appointment where it is permanently placed over the tooth.

Multiple material types are used to make crowns. For greater durability, we can recommend the placement of a gold crown. However, if your tooth is in a more visible area, you can  receive a porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown that imitates your enamel.

You May Need Root Canal Therapy Before You Receive A Crown

Before you have your crown placed, your dentist may need to perform root canal therapy to address bacteria and damage within the tooth. A root canal will also be needed if you experience an internal injury after physically hurting your tooth.

Talk To Your Mansfield, TX Dentist About Receiving A Custom Crown

If you have a problem with an advanced cavity, it can be necessary to treat your tooth with a custom dental crown. Crowns provide long-term support for a tooth, and they can be made to match your healthy enamel to preserve your smile! If you wish to find out more, please reach out to Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227.