At Signature Smiles Dental Office, Dr. Naren Mikkilineni serves the residents of Irving and Richardson, Texas. He specializes in many different types of procedures involved in general dentistry, including root canals and crowns.
Root Canals & Crowns Q & A
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Root canals are normally recommended when the soft tissue or pulp of the tooth becomes damaged, infected, or inflamed. Deep cavities, broken or cracked teeth, or damage caused by poor health or dental hygiene, can cause infections to work their way deep into the center of the tooth. Infections that involve the root or pulp of a tooth can be extremely painful. Removing the root and repairing the tooth can help to preserve the outer sections and eliminate the risk of losing it altogether. A temporary crown will be placed over the top of the tooth to help protect it from any further damage.
What is a Crown?
A crown is basically a fake tooth that is placed over the top of a regular tooth after a root canal or other dental procedure has been performed. Temporary crowns are put in place first, while the permanent crown is being fabricated. The dimensions of the original tooth are used to create the new tooth. Once the permanent crown has been manufactured, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent one is put in its place. Crowns are made to last for several years, but can become worn or cracked over time if not properly cared for. It is important to visit a dentist regularly to make sure crowns and other dental appliances are in good working order.
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Crowns can be either temporary or permanent. They are made from a variety of different materials including, porcelain, resin, plastic, and gold, or gold alloys. Temporary crowns are normally made of less durable materials like resins and plastics simply for the fact that they are not intended to remain in place for a long period of time. Crowns that are made of porcelain, gold, and other metal alloys are extremely durable and can withstand years of use. Crowns made out of gold and other metals are the most resistant to chipping and will last indefinitely. Porcelain crowns may break or crack if put under intense pressure.