How dental crowns can protect and strengthen a natural tooth 

When teeth are weakened or damaged, a dental crown may be recommended by your dentist to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. At Family Dental Center in Manteca, California, Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy will educate patients on situations that can arise that may benefit from the fabrication and the placement of a dental crown. 

What are dental crowns? 

A dental crown, also known as a “porcelain tooth cap,” is a tooth-shaped restoration placed over a natural tooth to protect and strengthen it. Dental crowns can be used to restore a broken or severely weakened tooth, cover a dental implant, or correct a cosmetic flaw. In most situations, dental crowns are made of either ceramic or porcelain and are matched to the color of your natural teeth. That ensures that the restoration blends in with the rest of the smile and doesn’t look like an obvious dental restoration. The final dental crown created by the dental laboratory will be bonded on top of the teeth with dental adhesive.

When might I need a dental crown? 

Dental crowns are an effective way to restore teeth that have broken or severely weakened due to cavities, fractures, infections, or previous dental procedures. If a tooth has lost a significant amount of enamel due to decay or damage from chipping or cracking, your dentist may recommend placing a crown over it. 

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

  • Strength and durability. The porcelain used for dental crowns is stain-resistant and highly resistant to cracks and chips. That makes it more robust than natural enamel and less likely to break down over time.
  • Natural appearance. Crowns are made to match the patient’s remaining teeth for seamless integration into the smile.
  • Restored function. Patients with severely damaged teeth will find that the dental crown allows them to eat and speak as they normally would.
  • Affordability. Dental crowns are relatively affordable and are often covered partly or entirely by a patient’s dental insurance benefits. 

How do I find out if I need a dental crown? 

Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of Family Dental Center in Manteca, CA, will familiarize patients with the benefits of the dental crown and when it might be necessary to have one placed. Our team is conveniently located at 521 East Center Street and is open to new and returning patients and families who call (209) 420-1205 for appointments.