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Why do I need a dental crown?

handsome young man in eyeglasses looking at camera and smilingA common general dentistry solution for the smile is that of dental crowns. Dental crowns are used in a variety of situations to provide protection, strength, and beauty. Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM work routinely with patients to determine if they are a good candidate for crowns. Many patients might have questions about when a crown should be placed to restore the smile.

Why do I need a dental crown?

Below are a few common reasons why a patient might need a dental crown:

  • Root canal therapy. If a patient has had root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, their tooth is significantly compromised and can become weak and brittle. Because of this, the placement of a dental crown is often necessary to protect the tooth from damage. The crown is placed over the treated tooth.
  • Damaged tooth. A tooth that has been damaged from chewing on something hard or clenching the teeth may have a crack that leaves it susceptible to problems such as infection or decay. Covering this tooth with a porcelain dental crown is a great way to keep the tooth from further breakage.
  • Large fillings. If a tooth has had a large cavity, a large filling can compromise the tooth’s structure. To protect the tooth from becoming damaged further, the placement of a dental crown can be beneficial.
  • Permanent staining. A tooth that is permanently stained may impact the appearance of the smile, and a crown is one way to provide coverage with a natural-looking restoration.

What are dental crowns made of?

At the practice of Dr. Steven Holbrook, dental crowns are created from porcelain to look just like natural teeth. The porcelain used is made to match the patient’s existing teeth for seamless integration.

How do I learn more?

Albuquerque, NM area patients who are curious about dental crowns and other restorations that might be used to repair or restore a tooth will want to work with Dr. Steven Holbrook. His office is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C and accepts new and returning patients who call (505) 881-1159 for an appointment.

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Using dental crowns to restore the smile after damage

When we think of a crown, we might immediately think of the sign of royalty, including kings, queens, princes, and princesses. However, crowns are also a term used in dentistry. Dental crowns are restorations that can cap a single tooth to offer it strength and protection. These restorations are made with materials such as ceramic and porcelain that look like natural tooth enamel to maintain the appearance of a beautiful smile.

How are dental crowns used?

There are many reasons why a patient may consider the placement of a dental crown.

  • Dental crowns can be used to replace teeth. Dental crowns are used in a few different situations to replace missing teeth. The crown often fits over the top abutment of a dental implant, which is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw after a tooth has been lost or extracted. This provides a false tooth that functions as a natural tooth. Additionally, a dental crown may be fused to a pontic to create a bridge. The crown ends are bonded over adjacent teeth to support placement of the bridge in the smile.
  • Dental crowns can strengthen a tooth. When patients have had large areas of decay or even infection inside of the tooth, certain materials such as fillings or gutta percha can still leave the tooth susceptible to damage. A dental crown is often bonded over a tooth that has experienced changes to the structural integrity. This can protect the tooth from damage and make it stronger and more durable.
  • Dental crowns can cover stained or imperfect teeth. When breakage or staining is a problem on the molars or other teeth, dental crowns can be fabricated to bond over the top to change the appearance and improve overall aesthetics.

Call Dr. Steve Holbrook today

If you reside in Albuquerque, NM and are interested in working with a dentist with over three decades of dental experience, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook at (505) 881-1159. His dental practice is equipped to help with a wide range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental concerns. The office is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE in Suite C and is accepting new patients.

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