A crack or fracture can severely compromise the enamel of a tooth. If the tooth is not restored in a timely manner it can cause pain, tooth decay or even a dangerous infection in the root of the tooth. To restore severely compromised enamel, your dentist will often recommend the tooth be fitted for a crown.
A crown is made from artificial materials such as gold, base metals and porcelain. The appropriate material for your crown will be affected by its primary function in your mouth and relationship to your smile.
At the initial appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and take a few x-rays to assess the health of the tooth and make sure there is no damage or decay present in the root of the tooth. If the pulp or root of the tooth has been compromised the dentist might need to perform a root canal.
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