As strong as healthy human teeth are, they lack an important ability shared by most of your body’s other tissues; the power to rebuild/repair themselves when damaged or diseased. Because of that lack, fabricated tooth structures are a vital tool in modern dental health care. Throughout dentistry’s history, the dental crown has played an important role in protecting and maintaining damaged teeth. Southlake dentists, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron, have extensive experiencing restoring patients’ smiles, and today, they explore the invaluable benefit of porcelain dental crowns when repairing patients’ smiles.
Restoring a Tooth
One of the oldest and most common uses for a dental crown is as protection. When your tooth is cracked, fractured, or weakened by disease, a dental crown can be placed over it to hold the tooth together and protect it from further damage. In the case of tooth decay, the infection must first be cleaned out and the infected tooth structure replaced with a dental filling material. Once the disease is gone, however, the excavation of your tooth’s structure can leave it weak and vulnerable to the pressures of use. Placing a porcelain dental crown over the treated tooth can help preserve the tooth’s function while protecting it from further damage.
Replacing a Lost Tooth
Over the last few decades, since the introduction of dental implants for clinical use over thirty years ago, dental crowns have gained a new importance in smile maintenance. With a dental implant surgically inserted into your jawbone, a dental crown can be secured to the implant, effectively creating an entire prosthetic tooth with root and crown intact. If you’ve lost more than one tooth, then an implant-supported partial or full denture may be more suited to your needs.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.