What are dental crowns used for?

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Dental crowns are a type of restoration primarily used to strengthen and protect a tooth that has been damaged or severely decayed. What most people don’t realize, though, is that dental crowns have other uses, including the repair of cosmetic dental flaws.

As you probably know, your dentist may recommend a dental crown after root canal treatment or if you have a very large filling that has weakened your tooth. In this case, the crown protects the tooth from further damage and also restores the function of the tooth so you can chew normally.

Dental crowns are also attached to bridges to cover the space left by a missing tooth. They can also be attached to a dental implant to become the visible, functional portion of the replacement tooth.

It may come as a surprise to learn that dental crowns are also widely used to correct certain cosmetic problems:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Severely stained teeth that don’t respond to whitening
  • Teeth that have large, unattractive silver fillings
  • Teeth that are not the correct size or shape

Please contact our office, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to answer all your questions about dental crowns.

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