You were enjoying the movie. You had your drink and your snacks.
Just as the superheroes were about to meet main villain face-to-face, you bit down on a handful of popcorn. At least, that’s what you meant to do.
You didn’t notice the unpopped kernel, and now you are in pain. You want to yell, but you also don’t want to disturb the other people in the theater. As much as you want to watch the big battle, you excuse yourself to the bathroom.
After looking in the mirror, you see the kernel is really in there. When you get it out, you lean in as close to your reflection as you can. Your tooth hurts, and it appears to be … cracked?
What should you do?
You should call 256-801-0002 right away to schedule an appointment at the dental office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, if you are in or near Huntsville, AL.
This is a time when a dental crown could do you — and your smile — a world of good.
Benefits of Crowns
In a real sense, crowns are one of the foundations of restorative dentistry. If nothing else, crowns are versatile.
Historically, they have been used to repair cracked teeth (like the situation described in the options of this post), broken teeth, and severely decayed teeth. Crowns also can be used to repair worn-down teeth or combined with dental implants to replace missing teeth.
From a cosmetic perspective, modern crowns can restore the natural appearance of discolored teeth to build up teeth that look short in comparison to the rest of your smile.
Getting crowns generally take a couple trips to our office. During the first trip, we’ll prepare your tooth, and we can give you a temporary crown. When your permanent crown is ready, we will bond it to the healthy parts of your tooth.
With proper care, crowns can last for decades. And caring for a dental crown is, for all practical purposes, no different than care for a “real” tooth.
Repairing Your Tooth is Important
We know that it can be tempting to ignore a tooth that has been damaged. Why do we know? Because we have treated too many patients who have done just that.
Whether you have decay, cracks, or breaks, you are running the risk of tooth infections. If those infections are bad enough, you may need a root canal or a tooth removal. Either way, you will be spending more money and more time at the dentist than you would have if you had gotten a crown with the problem first occurred.
With a crown, you are removing the weakened parts of your tooth. Then you are covering the healthy part with a custom-made crown that looks and functions like a natural tooth. This can save you from bigger problems and expenses down the road.
Start Smiling Again Sooner
Don’t take chances with your teeth. If something is wrong and a crown could fix it, then you should make plans to get your tooth capped as quickly as you are able.