What are Crowns Used For?

What are Crowns Used For?

In many cases, dentists may recommend that patients consider porcelain crowns. Knoxville area dentist, Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts, may suggest this cosmetic restoration when patients need to offer a tooth (or several teeth) protection.

The primary reason a patient may receive a dental crown is due to a tooth that has been broken or weakened. These teeth need to have some sort of protection to keep them from experiencing further damage. If a tooth that is cracked or broken is not strengthened with an appropriate restoration, it may break to the point that the patient will experience pain and an extraction may be necessary. Extracting natural teeth is not recommended, as it is more costly to find alternative replacements than it is to maintain the tooth even after breakage has occurred.

Teeth can break and fracture due to a number of reasons. Chewing on hard objects may result in a cracked or chipped tooth. Trauma may also cause a tooth to experience damage. Another reason a dentist may suggest a porcelain crown is due to the completion of a root canal. Root canal therapy removes the dental pulp from the inside of a tooth, thus removing its blood supply. This in turn can result in a tooth becoming brittle. To prevent future problems with the tooth, Dr. Foncea will often bond a porcelain crown over the top of the affected tooth to maintain it.

Porcelain crowns can also be used to change the appearance of a tooth, or to cover a tooth with a deep filling. They can be used both to improve the efficiency of a tooth and to protect a tooth. Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts can discuss with patients the reasons for dental crowns and his own recommendations for each patient’s specific condition.

Porcelain crowns are just one of many dental restorations. Cosmetic dentists will suggest other considerations when available, and will ensure that patients choose the best restoration to protect their tooth and keep it from experiencing breakage or other avoidable damage when possible.

Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts is proud to offer porcelain crowns. Knoxville area residents can contact the office and schedule a consultation appointment to find out if dental crowns will benefit them.

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