Cracked Teeth & Crowns

Cracked Teeth & Crowns​

Don't let the pain when chewing or biting get worse

Do you have  pain when chewing or biting? Or are you teeth sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks? This could be a sign that you’re dealing with a cracked tooth. The bad news is that once a tooth is cracked, it will not heal itself and it actually might get worse. The first step is to identify the crack and then to see what type of options you have to relieve your pain and discomfort. It’s important that you don’t wait because cracks can get worse and you may lose the tooth altogether if action is not taken. 

Cracked Teeth

Worldwide dentists are seeing an increase in patients with cracked teeth, due to stress, anxiety, bruxism  and other factors. Treating cracked teeth is common, but can be tricky. We often treat cracked teeth with a procedure called ‘bonding’. Bonded teeth have a tooth-coloured resin attached to repair cracked or chipped teeth and the resin can be sculpted to change the size, shape and color of your tooth.  While this procedure is suitable for teeth that are cracked above the gumline, if a crack reaches the root of the tooth causing irreversible damage, the tooth may require a crown or extraction. 

Crowns

Occasionally, loss of significant tooth structure requires the use of a more extensive restorative treatment with a crown.  At expatdental® our dentists are able to repair and rebuild your tooth using aesthetic, high strength materials such as porcelain and zirconia. These materials can be matched to your tooth color to fit seamlessly as part of your beautiful smile. 

A crown, also  known as a ‘cap’, is a cover for the tooth, which can be used to protect, strengthen and often improve the aesthetic appearance of a damaged or unsightly tooth. It can be used beneficially in a variety of scenarios, including where there has been damage to a tooth by decay, fracture or trauma, where a tooth was poorly formed during development, or where one or more teeth are simply poorly shaped or positioned and orthodontic treatment is not recommended.

Crowns provide long lasting restoration for your affected teeth and are made to fit perfectly and match your other teeth.

FAQs

After examining your teeth, your dentist can discuss the options of which type of crown is best for your situation.

Scans of your affected tooth area are made and sent to the laboratory that specialises in manufacturing crowns. We usually fit a temporary crown whilst we wait for the permanent crown to be made. In about a week, you return to the clinic and we fit the permanent crown to the affected area.

Crowns are fitted to the root and existing tooth structure, whilst an implant replaces the entire tooth and root structure.

Crown placement helps to strengthen the entire tooth as it covers all the functional surfaces. As a result, any forces exerted on the tooth are distributed evenly throughout the crown. The junction between the crown and the tooth surface is safely hidden at the gum margin where very few forces are being experienced. In comparison, a filling margin which is often on the eating surface of the tooth experiences heavy vertical forces during function which can damage the filling, tooth or both. Your dentist will be able to assess your tooth and determine whether a filling or a crown is best indicated. The more extensive the damage on the tooth, the more likely a crown will be required. Crowns are placed where there has been extensive decay, physical trauma to the tooth, crack lines, fractures or after a root canal has been done.

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