On a basic level, a dental crown is a replica of the tooth’s enamel layer that is cast from an artificial material like porcelain, gold, or an alloy of base metals. Here at our office, Dr. Jorge Ferreira uses them for several different dental restorations.
Dental crowns are most often used to repair a tooth that suffers from significant tooth decay. A crown might also be used to repair a tooth that has lost a filling or suffered a second cavity near an existing filling.
A tooth suffering from damaged tooth enamel might also need a crown. If a chip or fracture is large enough or deep enough, it could cause heightened sensitivity. Even if it doesn’t cause you any discomfort, the area needs to be repaired. The rough textures created by the fracture could trap residual pieces of food and bacteria, causing a new cavity to develop.
A porcelain crown might also be used to cosmetically restore a visually unappealing tooth in your smile. This could be to address a single discolored or chipped tooth.
If you have a tooth in need of treatment or restoration with a dental crown in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you should call 505-455-2176 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jorge Ferreira.