Dental crowns are commonly used in restorative dentistry to replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been compromised by a large cavity, fracture, or other dental health condition. They are also used in the final phase of treatment during endodontic therapy.
The dental crown is cemented onto an abutment created from the tooth’s existing dentin layer, or a special material known as gutta-percha. This will effectively replicate the tooth’s original structural integrity. However, there are still some instances where complications from chronic periodontal health problems or dental trauma can affect a dental crown.
If one of your dental crowns has been damaged or distressed in any way, you should not delay in seeking treatment from a dentist like Dr. Sonny Afshar.
While you’re waiting to see Dr. Afshar you should resist the temptation to brush, clean or manipulate the compromised dental crown. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away using lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning should be left to Dr. Afshar and his specialists.
The treatment method Dr. Afshar recommends for your damaged crown will vary on the severity of the damage. If the abutment within was damaged in some way, it might require more invasive treatment methods. In a case like this, he might need to perform a root canal to restore the abutment’s structural integrity. Once this is done he can start the process of fitting you for a new crown.
If you live in the Cameron Park, California area and you have suffered a damaged crown, you should call 530.677.4457 to have it examined and treated at Country Club Dental.