Spring area residents ask, what is a tooth crown?

 In Crowns and Bridges

A restorative dentist such as Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS has provided hundreds, even thousands of patients with the services required to maintain the structure and beauty of their smiles. There are times when problems may occur such as areas of decay, periodontal disease, or trauma to one or more teeth. When these situations occur, it is crucial that patients speak to a quality dentist about restoring the smile. Often, Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS may suggest covering the tooth with a crown.

What is a crown? A crown is a restoration that covers a natural tooth to offer it protection and strength. It is made of porcelain and bonded over the top of the tooth, covering all sides that are exposed. Crowns are made in-house to ensure precise fit, color, and shape. These are done after the enamel has been prepared, which typically occurs during the first appointment. The entire process can take approximately two weeks before the patient has his or her new restoration in place.

Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS uses dental crowns in many situations. Dental crowns can:

  • Provide strength and stability after a tooth has undergone root canal therapy
  • Cover teeth that are cracked, chipped, or otherwise broken
  • Cover teeth that have extremely large fillings
  • Fuse to false teeth called pontics to create a dental bridge for the replacement of lost teeth
  • Be placed over a dental implant to act as a false tooth when a natural tooth has been lost

Dental crowns are versatile and may be used to repair teeth in many situations. Most patients are good candidates for dental crowns, and are instructed on how to care for their restorations over time. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can still occur on the teeth underneath the dental crown, so regular dental examinations are even more important than ever as problems may not be noticed as soon as they occur.


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