A crown essentially serves as a replacement for the enamel layer of a tooth. There are several different reasons why a Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. dentist might recommend restoring a tooth with a crown. Most commonly, crowns are used to address large areas of tooth decay where there is not enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a filling.
This also holds true for a tooth that has been chipped or fractured. The damaged area of tooth enamel could quickly harbor bacteria and tooth decay resulting in a very serious cavity.
In other instances, you might have a tooth in your smile with imperfections like chips, stains, or past dental work. An unappealing tooth in your smile can often be restored with a porcelain crown.
Crowns made to be very durable, making them a good choice for premolars and molars that are called upon to grind and chew your food. If a premolar happens to be visible in your smile, then your dentist might recommend fitting it with a porcelain crown that is fused to a strong metal core.
If you have one or more teeth that need restoration for any reason, you should call Smith & Stahr, P.S.C.’s office in Lexington, Kentucky at 859.278.9391 to explore your treatment options.