In the event of a broken or missing tooth, there are numerous ways to restore it. Certain considerations will need to be taken into account in order to determine the best restoration for your needs. Your dentist will need to look at how severe the damage is, where in the mouth the damage occurred, and how much you are able to spend on the procedure. Damaging a tooth can be a frightening experience, but there is no need to worry when so many choices are laid out before you. Ask your dentist about dental crowns or anyone other restoration you might be interested in.
In the event of a damaged tooth, some of your dental crown alternatives include:
• Dental filling – Filings are often used in the event of a cavity or for minor damage. They are preferred by some patients because they are a simple restoration that does not require any alteration to the natural tooth.
• Inlay/Onlay – Inlays and onlays are often used in circumstances where the damage to a tooth is too severe to be repaired with a filling but not severe enough to truly warrant a crown.
• Dental extraction – If the damage is too severe, your only option may be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant that has a crown adhered on top.