How are dental crowns used in general and restorative dentistry?

Dental CrownsWhen patients think of a crown, they often think of kings and queens wearing a jeweled crown upon their heads. However, crowns are not just for members of royalty! Dr. James A. Oshetski of Brunswick, ME is a dental professional who also offers dental crowns!

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that is fabricated from porcelain to cover a natural tooth. It can also help in creating a dental bridge or covering a dental implant. Dental crowns are incredibly versatile which makes them widely used in dental practices across the United States.

How is a dental crown utilized?

There are various ways in which a dentist may use a dental crown to restore a patient’s smile:

  • A dental crown may be placed over a natural tooth. This is often done to offer an extra layer of protection for a tooth and to reduce the risk of damage. Large fillings or areas of damage may be repaired using a dental crown. A filling or dental bonding may address the cavity, and then a crown is bonded over the top. The crown covers all visible portions of the tooth.
  • A dental crown may be utilized to create a dental bridge. When teeth are missing, patients have several options to choose from to replacing their missing teeth. One or more teeth in a row can be replaced using a dental bridge, which uses false teeth fused to dental crowns on each end. The crowns are placed over the adjacent teeth for support of the entire prosthetic.
  • A dental crown may be used over an abutment of a dental implant to replace a single tooth. Dental implants are a popular choice for patients who have a single tooth missing from the smile. This implant is made of titanium and uses the natural jaw bone for support and strength. A dental crown rests over the dental implant to act as a false tooth and complete the dental restoration.

Request an appointment with Dr. James A. Oshetski today!

If you reside in or around the community of Brunswick, ME and want to speak to our team about the benefits of placing dental crowns, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Dr. James A. Oshetski and his team. We are committed to providing this and other restorative care solutions for new and existing patients. Contact the practice, located at 14 Maine Street, Suite #409, by calling (207) 729-1159.

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