What is a crown used for in Greenwood, SC dentistry?
Patients who have teeth that are weakened or broken may benefit from restorative cosmetic services offered by Dr. Christopher Griffin, DMD. Teeth with trauma or breakage can be treated with a dental crown for protection.
In dentistry, what is a crown? Greenwood, SC dentist, Dr. Griffin, explains a dental crown as a cover for a tooth. Crowns are also known as “caps” because they “cap” a patient’s tooth. These restorations are often made of porcelain, a strong and beautiful material that best replicates the appearance of natural tooth enamel. They are made to match the patient’s existing teeth, and are bonded to the tooth to last many years with proper care. Patients will find that dental crowns are affordable and effective in restoring and protecting smiles.
Dental crowns are used in several situations. First, they are used to protect a tooth. This is typically when a patient has had a broken or cracked tooth, or one that had root canal therapy. A tooth can be brittle after root canal therapy, and a dental crown can restore strength. Second, they can be used on a dental implant. Dental implants are placed to replace missing teeth. They are made of titanium and are surgically implanted into the bone; a dental crown on top provides patients with a false tooth. Third, dental crowns can be used in the same manner as a porcelain veneer—to cover and change the appearance of a tooth. For cosmetic purposes, they are more commonly used for teeth near the back of the mouth, while porcelain veneers are used on teeth near the front of the mouth.
Dental crowns are versatile and beautiful restorations used in both general and cosmetic dentistry, and are often an affordable alternative to other dental treatments. Dr. Christopher Griffin, DMD is a dentist in the Greenwood, South Carolina area that can offer patients several options to address imperfections in their smiles. Area residents are welcome, as both new and existing patients can enjoy the benefits of a qualified dentist who has offered years of service to dental patients in the area.