Why Teeth Need Dental Crowns

crowns 5You probably wouldn’t believe it for a moment if one of your teeth broke. However, as improbable as it seems, broken teeth do occur with some frequency. When teeth break, your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, repair them by fitting them with dental crowns. Restorations meant to repair damage and strengthen teeth, dental crowns are hollow and tooth-shaped. They are made out of a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and porcelain-coated metal. Each of these materials has its benefits and its drawbacks, and choosing between them often depends upon the location of the damaged tooth. For instance, because porcelain crowns offer the best cosmetic results, they are typically used to repair damaged teeth that are in prominent positions in the mouth. For teeth in the back of the mouth, however, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns or gold crowns are usually the crowns of choice. These crowns are very strong, and thus can stand up to the more powerful bite force in the back of the mouth.

Causes of Broken Teeth

Although it is nice knowing that dental crown exist should you suffer a broken tooth, you will no doubt be wondering what causes teeth to break and what you can do to prevent it. In general, one of three things is usually behind a broken tooth: bruxism (teeth grinding), tooth decay, or severe force. Bruxism damages teeth by forcing them to slide against one another, usually on a nightly basis during sleep. Over time, a bruxism habit will wear teeth down, robbing them of enamel and weakening them night after night until structural damage becomes more and more likely. Tooth decay works in a similar fashion. As a cavity grows larger, the tooth in questions grows weaker, meaning that less and less force will be required to break it.  However, a tooth does not always have to be weakened for it to break. A powerful blow may also break a tooth, leaving it in need of a dental crown.

Dental Crowns from Your Reno Dentists

Receiving a dental crown from your Reno dentists, means putting yourself in the care of experienced and knowledgeable dentists. Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans will examine your tooth, choosing the best restoration for your specific situation. In addition, depending upon the cause, they will discuss preventive care with you to help prevent similar damage from occurring to more of your teeth.

About Wager Evans Dental: Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans of Wager Evans Dental offer general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services to patients in the Reno NV area. Patients can contact them by calling 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.