John Hobgood and our Algiers Dental Associates team are pleased to be able to offer dental crowns for our patients in New Orleans, Louisiana and the neighboring communities when a filling just isn’t enough to do the job. A dental crown may be used to repair a smile that is experiencing any of the following dental conditions:
#1-Cracked Tooth Syndrome: Experiencing pain when biting down on a particular tooth or area in your mouth may mean you have a cracked tooth. Small cracks that may or may not show up on an X-ray, or which lie under the gum, may be what is known as cracked tooth syndrome. Chewing can exert pressure on the fracture lines, creating pain. When a dental crown is placed on the tooth, the stress on the fractures is distributed evenly, effectively relieving tooth pain.
#2-Large Dental Filling: In cases when a tooth’s decay spans over half the width of the tooth, a dental crown can restore the tooth’s function and appearance while avoiding further damage to the tooth. A dental crown reinforces and strengthens a tooth, whereas a filling doesn’t strengthen a tooth very much. In contrast, a large filling can compromise the structural integrity of a tooth, making it vulnerable to fracture.
#3-Root Canal Procedure: A dental crown is an optimal solution for repairing a tooth after a root canal. Placing a crown after decay is hollowed out of a tooth will effectively prevent the tooth from cracking.
#4-Worn Down Tooth: You can wear down a tooth by constantly grinding or clenching your teeth (known as bruxism). This can wear down tooth enamel and even fracture teeth over time.
You can also wear down a tooth through acid erosion which weakens tooth enamel over time. You will notice hollows in the tooth and worn down biting edges and tooth surfaces. Erosion can arise from eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages, or even from bulimia or acid reflux.
John Hobgood and our team in New Orleans, Louisiana, are happy to help you restore your healthy smile with our dental restorations. Please call Algiers Dental Associates at 504-361-3277 to schedule an appointment with our team.
We look forward to helping you with all of your smile care needs! To restore a tooth, anchor and attach a dental bridge, or complete a dental implant, dental crowns are an excellent choice for the job!