What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns from Hoffmaster Dental give your teeth the "royal treatment"!
A dental crown is something you've probably been hearing about for most of your life, but you may not understand exactly why they're used or how they're designed. Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, your dentist in York, PA, wants his patients to be educated about the procedures they might need to improve their dental health. Below is information about dental crowns, how they're made and when they're used.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns are a hollow dental restoration that fit snugly over the top of a natural tooth that has been prepared by your York dentist. They are made to look and function like a real tooth, although they can come in a variety of materials, including porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The type of crown you need will depend on your preference and which tooth needs to be crowned.
Why are crowns used?
Crowns are a very versatile restoration; your York dentist uses them in many different scenarios. Most often they are used to protect a damaged tooth from any further decay. This is especially important for teeth that have had root canal therapy or too much surface damage to support a regular filling. Crowns can also be used to bolster bridges, which are restorations that fill in gaps from missing or knocked-out teeth. The crowns on either side of the bridge provide the natural anchor teeth with extra support. Teeth that have discoloration that cannot be treated with a whitening procedure may also benefit from crowns. A solid porcelain crown is also the finishing touch on dental implants.
If you'd like to learn more about how Dr. Hoffmaster and his staff use crowns in their practice, contact our office in York, PA. We'd be happy to schedule an appointment for you.