A dental crown is a cap made of gold, porcelain, or a combination of both, that is placed over the top of the broken down tooth, to cover, protect and support cracked teeth. The crown or partial crown restores tooth function and prevents it from breaking down further.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
Broken or fractured teeth
Tooth has a root canal.
After having a crown placed, you will be able to chew normally and not feel any more pain. A crown will also make the teeth look more aesthetically pleasing, giving you the confidence to smile again.
What does a dental crown actually do?
If there is not enough of the natural tooth left after a root canal treatment or once a large cavity has been removed, then a dental crown can be used to cover and support the tooth.
Discolored or misshapen teeth can be covered by a dental crown to make your smile look and function better.
A weaker tooth that may be compromised and susceptible to breakage or cavities may be covered by a dental crown to protect it from being damaged or infected.
Once a tooth has been cracked or worn down a dental crown can be placed to restore the look of your smile.
Instead of getting implants or partial dentures to replace a series of missing teeth, a dental crown can be secured over a strong tooth to support a dental bridge.
After the synthetic root portion of a dental implant has been placed, a dental crown can then be fastened to replace a tooth.
How do I take care of a dental crown?
To keep your new dental crown looking and working great you should treat it just like your other teeth, but with a little extra care.
Avoid Hard Foods
Do your best to avoid chewing on hard foods like ice. And don’t use your teeth to chomp on other nonfood items like pens and pencils.
Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to help ensure that your dental crown is functioning properly.
Proper personal oral hygiene is a must to get rid of plaque and bacteria to keep your crown looking good and working well. Using products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance is your best option since they meet the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.
If you have any questions at all about dental crowns give us a call at (714) 671-0300. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff in Fullerton is ready to help with any questions or appointment requests you may have.
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