For all intents and purposes, a dental crown is a hollow cap that resembles your natural tooth enamel. It is anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of a tooth that is suffering from one or multiple dental issues. The specific problem at hand, as well the tooth’s primary function and location, will determine the materials that your dentist, Dr. Craig Thomas, recommends for the dental crown in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.
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 or has suffered from a crack or fracture.
Crowns can also be used as a preventative measure. If one of your teeth has been damaged, the tooth enamel will invite bacteria to form an area of tooth decay. Since some of the enamel has already been lost, the decay could spread quickly into the internal structures of the tooth. Should this occur, Dr. Craig Thomas might need to perform a root canal to excise the decayed and infected structures.
Porcelain crowns are also called for to address cosmetic dental issues. A tooth in your smile with a chip or noticeable fillings 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 or additional areas of decay.
If you have one or more teeth in need of significant repair or restoration, you should call Carolina Avenue Dental Care at 843-899-5911 to have it diagnosed and repaired.