What Is the Function of a Dental Crown?
Were you told that you need a crown? You might be wondering why a crown was recommended and how exactly a crown will help.
The most common reason we place a dental crown is to protect the tooth underneath. In most cases, it is preferable to preserve your natural tooth rather than extract it, and crowns make this a possibility.
A fractured or cracked tooth will benefit from a crown, as will a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy. When we perform a root canal to treat an infection and save your tooth, we must remove the nerve of the tooth, which causes the tooth structure to become more brittle.
Porcelain crowns are strong and durable, absorbing the force from chewing and preventing further damage to the tooth.
2. Restoration and Replacement
If your tooth has broken or worn down, we can often use a dental crown to restore it back to full function. The crown fits over your entire tooth, all the way down to the gumline. Once the crown is bonded in place, you will regain full function of the damaged tooth so you can chew with ease and comfort.
Crowns are also used in combination with bridges or dental implants to replace a tooth that is missing. In a bridge, the crown that replaces the tooth is held in place with other crowns affixed to the neighboring teeth. In a dental implant, the crown is attached to a titanium screw that is surgically placed in your dental bone
If you have teeth that mar the appearance of your entire smile, we can discuss capping them with beautiful, lifelike porcelain crowns. Teeth that are worn, damaged, unusually shaped, or discolored can be concealed with a crown that is custom-made to fit in perfectly among your existing dentistry.
We are happy to discuss your cosmetic goals with you at any time so you can have a smile that helps you feel more confident.