The purpose of a dental crown

Senior Couple Relaxing On Sofa At Home Dental crowns play a vital role in restorative dentistry. Our dentists at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ may recommend the fabrication and placement of a dental crown for many of our patients depending on their oral health needs.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

There are several reasons why our dental team may recommend a dental crown to you. Below are just a few of the more common situations that can arise in which a crown can provide a reliable resolution:

  • Protection. A tooth that has been significantly damaged or has undergone root canal therapy may require additional care to protect it from further trauma. A dental crown sits over the tooth and can offer that extra layer of protection against breakage.
  • Replacement. A dental crown might be made to act as a replacement tooth when it is integrated with a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the smile with an abutment that rests above the gumline. The crown is made to fit over the abutment and serves as a false tooth.
  • Strength. A tooth that has a large cavity or is weakened with root canal therapy needs strength to ensure it functions at its best. Dental crowns are made of porcelain, a strong material that can withstand normal chewing and biting forces and can strengthen teeth that may otherwise become damaged.
  • Bridge fabrication. Dental crowns may be used along with false teeth called pontics to create dental bridges. Dental bridges use adjacent teeth surrounding a lost tooth space to fill the gap and restore the beauty and function of the smile. Dental bridges are also made of porcelain and are created to match a patient’s existing teeth.

Call Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry today

If you have been told that you may be a good fit for a dental crown and want to work with an experienced team of professionals to obtain one, call the office of Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation. We are located in Mesa, AZ and work with patients in and around the community. Call 480-834-6991 to request a visit and speak with our team about dental crowns and other restorations available at our state-of-the-art practice.

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