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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