2005-08-18 / Medical

Crowns Can Save Teeth

Views OnDental Health
Gary S. Rafal, D.D.S.

If you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown to save the tooth and make it properly functional again. The tooth will have to be X-rayed first to find out if it can be saved. An X-ray will reveal many important facts, including whether the roots of the tooth are healthy and if there is sufficient bone to support the tooth.

The X-ray will also show the size and location of the nerve canals within the tooth as well as the condition of your surrounding teeth.

Another tool your dentist may use is a study model or plaster mold of your mouth.

Using this, he or she can examine and measure the size and shape of the tooth to be crowned. The model will also reveal the relationship of your upper jaw to your lower jaw.

Never permit a savable tooth to be extracted. Any natural tooth, as long as it is carefully protected and restored to its natural shape, is far superior to the best artificial tooth that can be made.

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