A dental crown in [city], [state], is basically a replica of the tooth enamel layer of a tooth that has been damaged from decay. It is commonly crafted from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow so it can be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of a problematic tooth.
A crown is most commonly used to repair or restore the enamel layer of a badly decayed tooth. This could also extend to a tooth that has lost a large filling or has cosmetic imperfections.
It can also be used as a preventative measure. If one of your teeth has been chipped or fractured, the damaged tooth enamel will invite bacteria to form a cavity. Since some of the enamel has already been lost, the decay could spread quickly into the internal structures of the tooth. When this happens, your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], might need to perform a root canal to excise the decayed and infected structures.
Restoring the tooth enamel with a crown seals the internal structures of the tooth safely inside the crown before decay has a chance to set in.
Cosmetic dentistry might use a porcelain crown to improve a tooth’s appearance. If one of the teeth in your smile has a large chip or a noticeable filling, it can seriously mar your smile. While dental veneers can sometimes be used to restore the face of a tooth, a crown might still be needed. This is especially true if the tooth has a shallow amount of enamel or additional areas of decay.
If you have a tooth in need of restoration or repair, you should call [practice_name] at [phone] to see if you’re a good candidate for a crown.