For all intents and purposes a crown replicates the enamel layer of a tooth that has been compromised in some way. Dr. John P. Blake might recommend a crown be installed to address a wide range of dental problems.
Crowns are commonly used to repair or restore a tooth that has been compromised by a large cavity or area of tooth decay. If the decay has penetrated deep into the tooth, Dr. John P. Blake might need to perform a root canal to excise the decay material. Then he can use a rubbery material known as gutta percha to rebuild sufficient structure to securely anchor a crown.
Chips and minor fractures to tooth enamel can compromise a tooth’s function and appearance. Without timely restoration, the damaged area will invite bacteria to create an area of tooth decay. Since some of the tooth enamel is already missing, the area of decay can quickly penetrate into the dentin and pulp of the tooth, causing significant complications. Restoring a chipped or fractured tooth with a crown prevents this from happening, while restoring the full function and appearance of the tooth.
A tooth in your smile with chips, visible old fillings or significant discoloration, can be cosmetically restored by installing a porcelain crown. The porcelain material can be color matched and shaded to perfectly blend in with the surrounding, natural teeth.
If you have a tooth that has been compromised in some way, you should call Dr. John P. Blake’s Lake Orion, Michigan office at 248.693.5800 to discuss your treatment and restoration options.