If you have a tooth that has experienced a considerable amount of decay or trauma from an accident, you may be experiencing ongoing discomfort that could lead you to believe that having it pulled is the most logical solution. While pulling, or extraction, of a tooth is necessary in some cases, you have options at Gilbert Dental Care that can save your natural tooth. Your dentists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez, explain dental crowns and their tooth-saving properties here.
Why saving a tooth is important
You likely know that extraction of a tooth removes it entirely. While this used to be the preferred method of dealing with damaged teeth in the past, the removal of the root structure can lead to further issues with the remaining teeth: decay, loosening, and deterioration of the jawbone. Having the roots in place helps to keep the jawbone strong and healthy. Therefore, it is in your best interest to retain as many natural teeth as possible, and crowns from your Philadelphia dentist can make that happen.
How crowns save your teeth
When the top portion of a tooth is too damaged to withstand repair, a crown can cover the damage and restore the tooth's function and appearance. Your Philadelphia dentist creates a crown using precise measurements of your mouth; these tooth-shaped restorations can be made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. They are hollow in the middle, leaving room for the remainder of the damaged tooth, and bonded into place. This allows the tooth's root structure to remain intact, keeping the rest of your teeth in proper balance.
If you think you might need a crown, or you have any dental issue, contact Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to schedule an appointment. Helping you maintain your smile is our main priority!