The architectural crown known as a capital rests on the shaft of the column in the much the same way the dental crown rests on the tooth’s substructure below. In the same way the capital has a load-bearing function, which concentrates the weight of the entablature on the supportive column, so functions the tooth as it chews the food. But crowns also create the essence of a smile, which serves an aesthetic purpose. Form follows function is a principle associated with modern architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. As a prosthodontist we are taught to meld form and function into the most aesthetically functioning tooth possible. The goal is to replicate nature by creating an anatomically correct tooth that meshes form and function. The architectural crown epitomizes the essence of a prosthodontist’s training, which is why I have proudly displayed it as my logo for over 20 years.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328