Why might I need to cover a tooth with a dental crown?
Dental crowns are extremely versatile porcelain prosthetics. They have a use in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry and are a common way to repair a tooth that might have become damaged or weakened. Dr. Brianne Luu and her team at Gentle Care Dentistry of Azusa, California, believe in providing this and other restorations for patients. When is a dental crown necessary? Why would a dentist recommend one? Below are just a few reasons why a patient might consider the placement of a custom crown in their smile.
Why do I need to restore my smile with a crown?
A dental crown might be used for any of the following reasons:
- To protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay or trauma. Teeth that are damaged are weak and more susceptible to damage. Placing a dental crown over a broken tooth will maintain the tooth in place and protect it from breaking.
- To protect a tooth that has had root canal therapy performed. Root canal therapy is a way of addressing an infected tooth and avoiding permanent extraction. However, this procedure can leave a tooth weak and brittle. Placing a dental crown over the tooth can restore the function and protect it from further damage.
- To improve the appearance of a tooth. A tooth that is permanently stained yet too large for a porcelain veneer may be a good candidate for a customized dental crown to cover the tooth and address these imperfections.
- To restore a tooth that has been fractured or lost. In addition to covering a tooth that has significant damage, a dental crown may also be placed over the abutment of a dental implant to replace a single tooth that was extracted or lost.
How do I learn more about dental crowns at a practice near me?
Dental crowns are just one of many restorative treatments available with the team at Gentle Care Dentistry of Azusa, CA. Call our office today if you want to discuss this or other solutions for an imperfect smile! Dr. Brianne Luu and her team can be found at 232 North Azusa Avenue and can be reached by phone to request an appointment at +1 626-466-9596.
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