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When might a dentist suggest a dental crown?

Dental crowns play a vital role in many areas of dentistry. These caps are made of porcelain material and are bonded over the top of a tooth. Dental crowns are used in many different situations at Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, AZ, and we are pleased to provide patients with solutions that are natural-looking, affordable, and effective at restoring the function and beauty of the smile.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a dental restoration that is fabricated from porcelain. It covers all the visible portions of a tooth to provide strength and durability. It may be used in a number of different ways, making it one of the most versatile restorations in dentistry today. Below are a few situations in which a dentist may create and place a dental crown:

  • Following endodontic therapy. Endodontic therapy, sometimes referred to as a root canal, is an oral procedure during which the inner portions of the tooth are removed and filled with a material referred to as gutta percha to essentially seal it off. This procedure can make the tooth structure weak, so a dental crown can offer an extra layer of protection against further damage.
  • To replace a single tooth. Not only can a dental crown be bonded over a tooth, but it can also be placed on the abutment of a dental implant to replace a single tooth. The crown is made to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth to look as natural as possible when placed.
  • To fabricate a dental bridge. Dental bridges are used to replace one or more teeth in a row, and when creating them, they need dental crowns on each end. This allows the restoration to be placed over adjacent teeth to support the restoration and restore the smile’s function and appearance.

Request an appointment today!

At Arcadia Dental Arts, we are excited to offer a wide range of general and cosmetic procedures, including the fabrication and placement of dental crowns. Phoenix, AZ area patients can learn more by booking a consultation appointment with Dr. John Pappas and his associates by calling (602) 957-9643 and visiting at 4124 North 40th Street.

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