Dental crowns are commonly used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to repair or improve the appearance of an affected tooth. For all intents and purposes, a dental crown in Brigham City, Utah, is a nearly perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often crafted from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. It is secured in place by a strong dental adhesive that holds it to an abutment that is formed from the dentin and other healthy internal structures of the 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.
They 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 tooth decay. 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. Jayson C. Haws, might need to perform a root canal to excise the decayed and infected structures.
Restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown seals the internal structures of the tooth safely inside the crown before decay has a chance to set in.
Porcelain crowns are often used in cosmetic dentistry treatments. If one of the teeth in your smile has a large chip or past fillings that have become noticeable, 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 called for. This is especially true if the tooth has a shallow amount of enamel.
If you have a tooth in need of physical repair or cosmetic restoration, you should call 435-734-9144 to schedule an appointment at Haws Family Dentistry. We are happy to see if a dental crown is right for you!