Posted August 12, 2016.

A crown is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. The crown itself is hollow, to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment formed from the core structures of a problematic tooth.

A crown is most commonly called for to repair or restore the enamel layer of a badly decayed tooth. This could also extend to a tooth that has lost a large filling or has suffered from additional decay.

A crown can also be used as a preventative measure. If one of your teeth has been chipped or fractured, the damaged tooth enamel will invite bacteria to form an area of tooth decay. Since some of the enamel has already been lost, the decay could spread quickly into the internal structures of the tooth. When this happens a Agape Dentist dentist might need to perform a root canal to excise the decayed and infected structures.

Restoring the tooth enamel with a crown, seals the internal structures of the tooth, safely inside the crown, before decay has a chance to set in.

A crown can also play a role in cosmetic dentistry. A tooth in your smile with a chip, or past fillings that have become noticeable, can seriously mar your smile. While dental veneers can sometimes be used to restore the face of a tooth, a crown might still be called for. This is especially true if the tooth has a shallow amount of enamel, or additional areas of decay.

If you have a tooth that is suffering from decay, chips, fracture or need of cosmetic restoration, you should call Agape Dentist’s office in Woburn, Massachusetts at 781.995.4445 to explore your restoration options.