What are dental crowns used for?
A dental crown is a porcelain shell that fits around a tooth. Most commonly, it’s used to strengthen a damaged tooth. This could be a tooth that has been fractured or otherwise structurally weakened, such as by trauma. It could also be a tooth that has experienced significant decay and needs to be restored, such as after root canal therapy or a large filling. Crowns can also be used aesthetically, to conceal flaws in a tooth.
A crown can also serve as an artificial tooth when a tooth is missing. A dental implant placed into the jaw securely supports the crown. Crowns can also be placed on the healthy natural teeth adjacent to a space where one or more teeth are missing, to support a fixed bridge. However, a dental implant is the preferred method for replacing a missing tooth, offering several advantages over a fixed bridge.