When you have cracked a tooth or damaged it in some other form or fashion, you might put off having to have a crown placed upon it. It might be the expense, the time, or something else entirely putting you off from seeing the dentist.
We understand that dental visits are not generally the most fun experiences available. But most of the time in dentistry, preventative care is always preferred to emergency care.
And since teeth don’t heal, your only solution may be a crown. And if so, do not wait. It could become further damaged, and then you might require a root canal.
Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist writes on how preparing yourself with a crown is your best scenario, as quickly as possible.
Why Put It Off?
If you have a cracked tooth, you are aware of it. Every moment of every day is spent in contact with this crack. Such a situation is bound to worry someone, every time you eat or smile.
We understand fully that the financial aspect of dental care may lead some to wait on services they do not deem essential. But this is a place where investing in your teeth now can save you money in the future.
By leaving a cracked tooth exposed for too long, you risk infection of the pulp, the fleshy interior. When bacteria begin to thrive in the crevices, it causes large amounts of pain, typically. And at that point, a root canal is needed.
Save The Worry
By putting a crown on a damaged tooth, you assure yourself of the structural nature, its ability to chew. The relief from that cannot be overstated. Our smile truly dominates our lives.
When you wait, you risk further physical trauma to the tooth, perhaps losing it for good. Tooth extractions often begin with cracked teeth. We as dentists want to keep as many teeth naturally healthy as possible.
Infection can also spread through the jaw, if unattended further. This can be a major medical emergency at that point. And one leading cause is simple oral health neglect.
Risk Of Root Canal
By waiting, you also place yourself at significant risk of needing a root canal. A root canal is the removal of the pulp of the tooth, also known as a pulpectomy.
Root canals effectively render the tooth dead, with no blood flow to the structure. As you might imagine, we’d like to maintain natural health before resorting to further surgery.
How Do I Know If I Need A Crown?
If you have any questions about any cracks in your smile and the integrity of your teeth, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!