Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA – Dental Crown Q&A

27 Jun

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, possesses expertise in general and cosmetic dental procedures. Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, is skilled at placing dental crowns that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth restoration that completely covers a tooth. Crowns help to rebuild the structure and restore the appearance of damaged teeth.

How is a dental crown made?

The crown is constructed outside of the mouth in a dental laboratory. Then, the crown is placed over the affected tooth and is bonded to the tooth with a strong dental cement.

Which dental issues require crowns?

Typically, crowns are used when tooth decay is too extensive to be treated with a filling effectively. After a root canal has been performed on a tooth, the tooth usually is affixed with a crown to provide added strength and protection to the tooth. Crowns also may be fitted to hold bridges in place, cover cosmetic imperfections, or keep a deeply cracked tooth intact.

Which materials are used to construct dental crowns?

Crowns can be made entirely of metal or porcelain, or they can have a metal base that is covered with ceramic materials. The latter, a more durable option than an all-ceramic crown, often is used on molars and to construct dental bridges.

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