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A dental crown in Midvale, Utah, 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. Todd Larsen, 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 Fort Union Family Dental at 801-562-2147 to see if you’re a good candidate for a crown.