A dental crown is often called a cap because it’s placed over the top of a tooth, or the tooth’s crown. As one of the earliest forms of dental restoration, the dental crown has seen many changes throughout the history of dentistry. First thought to be merely a cosmetic enhancement, crowns were crafted from gold nearly 2000 years ago by ancient Etruscans in Italy. Today, aesthetic value is just as important as the health of your teeth, and modern crowns are typically made from lifelike dental porcelain that closely mimics a natural tooth. Besides materials, porcelain crowns have also evolved in the range of services they can provide for patients with damaged, diseased, or missing teeth.

Repair and Improve a Damaged Tooth

Human teeth are among the most peculiar parts of your body. They’re protected by a thin, but strong layer of enamel, which is the most resilient substance your body produces. Yet, your teeth aren’t indestructible, and they can’t repair themselves when injured. If your tooth cracks, or a piece breaks off of it, then Dr. Villani can place a porcelain dental crown over it to protect the compromised tooth from your bite’s pressure while improving its outward appearance. In some cases, Dr. Villani may have to clean the tooth’s pulp with a dental filling procedure or root canal treatment (depending on the severity) before restoring the tooth with a crown.

Replace a Missing Tooth

If your tooth is completely knocked out (avulsed) due to an accident, or if it’s been so consumed by a dental infection that it can no longer function properly, then a porcelain crown may be able to replace it. Traditionally, crowns have been used to support custom-made dental bridges when bonded to the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. With the advent of dental implants, however, Dr. Villani can place your replacement porcelain crown without having to modify your remaining healthy tooth structure. An implant is comprised of biocompatible titanium; when the root device is surgically inserted into your jawbone, the bone fuses to the implant’s surface as it heals. A connective abutment that extends above the gum line will allow Dr. Villani to attach your porcelain crown, filling in the space left by your missing tooth and restoring your ability to bite and chew comfortably.

About Brighton Family Dental Group:

Brighton Family Dental Group is located in Brighton MA. Featuring experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments, Brighton Family Dental Group is a great destination for any member of your family who is in need of dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani by calling (617) 562-5210.