Chips and cracks can weaken your teeth and increase the risk of fractures. In Tannersville and Pocono, PA, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Wert and Dr. Thomas Hart explain how dental crowns can protect your fragile teeth.
Crowns strengthen weak teeth
If you examine a dental crown closely, you'll notice that it looks just like a natural tooth with one important difference. Unlike natural teeth, crowns aren't solid. They're hollow in the middle, which enables them to easily slip over a weak tooth after it's been prepared. Once the crown is in place, it provides superior protection that greatly reduces the risk of a fracture.
Crowns prevent fractures by absorbing chewing forces that can worsen cracks or chips and cause your tooth to break. Several strong materials, including porcelain, resin, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, are used to make crowns.
Crowns help prevent tooth decay
A cracked tooth not only increases the risk of a fracture but may also play a role in cavity formation. Bacteria can enter your tooth and cause tooth decay if your crack isn't covered by a crown. If decay isn't treated quickly, it can even infect or inflame your tooth's pulp, resulting in the need for a root canal.
Crowns are a versatile restoration option
In some cases, a crack can progress to a fracture before you have time to visit our Tannersville or Pocono. If a fracture does occur, a crown will restore the tooth, ensuring that you can bite and chew again.
Cracks aren't the only reason teeth weaken. They may also become more fragile due to certain dental procedures, such as root canal therapy, or might become brittle as you age. No matter what the cause, a crown will help protect your teeth. They're also a good choice if you're concerned about cosmetic issues, such as discolorations, bumps, pits or short teeth. Do you have a tooth or two that doesn't blend in with the rest of your smile? Once you slip a crown over a crooked or twisted tooth, your smile will be transformed.
Don't let cracks and chips ruin your smile. Call our Tannersville and Pocono, PA, dentists Dr. Wert and Dr. Hart at to find out if a crown is a good choice for your dental problem.