What is a dental crown, and how is it used in dentistry?
Dr. Yasi Sabour of The Dental Studio describes the dental crown as a restoration used to cover the natural tooth structure to strengthen or protect it. Dental crowns are used in various scenarios, making them a popular and versatile solution to many dental concerns. This porcelain restoration acts as a “cap” over the tooth structure and is made to match the patient’s existing teeth for natural-looking results.
How is a dental crown used?
Our team will use dental crowns in various situations, such as the following:
- Covering a tooth with a large dental filling. While dental fillings are the most reliable way to restore a tooth with a cavity, there are times when the cavity is so large that the dental filling compromises the natural tooth structure significantly. When this happens, Dr. Sabour often places a dental crown over the tooth to offer extra protection and strength to keep the tooth from breaking.
- Protecting a tooth after root canal therapy. Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is performed to save a tooth from extraction. However, removing the dental pulp inside the tooth can leave the tooth structure weak and brittle. A dental crown will protect this tooth and allow patients to avoid removal.
- Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are titanium posts used to hold restorations that replace one or more missing teeth. Dental crowns are used over the abutment of a dental implant to address the loss of a single tooth.
- Creating a dental bridge. The dental bridge replaces one or more teeth in a row and is fabricated with dental crowns fused to false teeth or pontics.
How do I learn more about dental crowns?
Do you suspect a dental crown might be best for your smile? If you live in the Flower Mound, TX area and beyond and are interested in working with our team at The Dental Studio, we welcome you to call (214) 393-6835. Our practice is at 2261 Olympia Drive, Suite #300, and serves patients in Highland Village, Lewisville, Double Oak, and Argyle, TX.