Depending on how long it goes untreated, a cavity can have a range of effects on your oral health. While it may not be necessary for a cavity that is treated early, a tooth with an advanced cavity may need a dental crown. A dental crown protects weakened or damaged teeth by shielding them with a protective cap. When it comes to treating a cavity, your dentist can determine if the affected tooth can be supported with a filling, or if you will need a crown.
Fillings Versus Dental Crowns For Tooth Restorations
A cavity forms when acids released by bacteria in your mouth successfully create a hole in your enamel. A new cavity may not have symptoms, but regular dental visits increase the chances that your dentist will catch a cavity before it has progressed past this point. When treated in its early stages, a tooth with a cavity can be restored with a filling. If that decay is not addressed, it will continue until your pulp is exposed, and the living tissue in your tooth is at risk for infection. If a cavity reaches your pulp, your dentist will need to perform a root canal treatment to remove infected material. Because a root canal can remove an extensive amount of your tooth, a filling will not provide enough support. In this case, your dentist can cover the tooth with a dental crown.
Other Uses For A Dental Crown
A dental crown can support a tooth that has been damaged by physical trauma. It can even be used to replace a lost tooth. A crown, anchored by a dental implant, can function as a stable dental prosthetic.