Porcelain crowns are used routinely to protect and strengthen teeth for Columbia, MO area patients
It is not uncommon for patients to require restorative work on their smile. Even with proper care and attention with brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits, problems can arise. This may include damage to a tooth or an unexpected infection that causes a severe toothache. Columbia, MO area patients who are faced with problems within their smiles, are encouraged to ask their dentist about certain dental restorations, including that of porcelain dental crowns.
What is a dental crown, and how does it work?
Dental crowns are restorations that are available with most general and restorative dentists. These restorations are created to cover the exposed portion of a tooth above the gum line. This is why they are sometimes called “dental caps.” Crowns are made of porcelain because the material is strong and mimics the appearance of the remaining teeth. These restorations are custom-fabricated for a patient to blend in closely with the rest of their teeth and can withstand chewing and biting forces for many, many years.
Dental crowns are used in many different situations, which dictates how they are used within the smile. Dental crowns can:
- Cover a tooth that has a large filling to protect it from further damage
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal therapy to strengthen it
- Cover a dental implant abutment to act as a false tooth
- Be fused to a false tooth called a pontic to create a dental bridge restoration
Because dental crowns are so versatile, we encourage patients to ask about their use when they are faced with the need for repairing one or more teeth within their smiles.
Porcelain dental crowns are readily available with Dr. Chase Patton
Dental crowns play an important role in protecting and restoring the smile. If you are interested in discussing your options for repair, including this and other porcelain solutions, consider solutions with our team. Patients of the Columbia, MO area who are ready to discuss their restorative needs are invited to call the office of Dr. Chase Patton at (573) 844-4255. Request an appointment and start learning more about the treatments available to you for smile enhancement and repair.