What word would you use to describe your teeth? Odds are you would not pick “fragile.” After all, our teeth are coated in the hardest substance in the entire human body (enamel). However, when teeth are worn down by a variety of factors, they can become somewhat fragile and can even crack or break. When a tooth suffers this kind of structural damage, a dental crown must be placed to strengthen and reinforce the tooth. To learn more about how teeth are worn down and how dental crowns repair them, read the following information from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans.
How Teeth Weaken
A few factors can contribute to the weakening of teeth. First, bacteria can attack teeth with an acid byproduct that wears away enamel. As the damage compounds, a cavity can develop. The larger the cavity, the more structural integrity is lost, making damage a very real possibility. Another factor that can weaken teeth is bruxism (teeth grinding). Bruxism wears teeth down often on a nightly basis. The force generated as teeth grind against one another can rob them of their enamel, weakening them significantly over time. Without intervention, breaking and cracking are common consequences.
Repairing Damaged Teeth with Dental Crowns
Dental crowns reinforce weakened or damaged teeth by fitting it with a hollow prosthetic. The presence of the dental crown improves the cosmetic appearance of the tooth while simultaneously lending strength to prevent further damage and decay. Dental crowns are made out of a variety of materials including porcelain, metal, and a combination of the two. All-porcelain crowns are best known for their superior cosmetic results and are thus chosen most frequently for restorations in the front of the mouth. Metal crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are known more for their strength, making them ideal for restorations in the back of the mouth, where bite force is much stronger.
Schedule a Visit with Your Reno Dentists
Are you in need of dental crowns to restore your teeth? If so, contact your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 775-829-7700. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.