Dental crowns, also sometimes referred to as dental caps, are restorative devices that can help repair and restore damaged teeth. A dental crown can help with a wide variety of dental problems, such as teeth that decayed, cracked, damaged, and discolored.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a small cap that is bonded over a damaged tooth to help restore its size, shape, look, and function. Crowns are often used when a tooth is so damaged that its structure is decaying. Dental crowns are custom made for each patient to look like their other teeth, and are virtually undetectable once they are placed.
What does a dental crown do?
A dental crown protects your tooth from further damage, and is often the final effort if a tooth is at risk for needing an extraction. Dental crowns can protect weak teeth from fracturing or can stop already damaged teeth from fracturing further. They can cover up discoloration to help restore the cosmetic look of your smile. They can correct teeth that are strangely shaped or out of place. They are also used to cap off dental implants and root canal treatments.
How is a dental crown placed?
To place a dental crown, your tooth will first have to be prepared for the procedure. This preparation consists of shaving down the tooth so the crown can fit over it. Once the crown is custom-made to your shape and color preferences, it is then bonded to the tooth. Because this bonding is permanent, your dental crown will not be removable. Once it is successfully placed and bonded, it should look and function like your natural tooth.
How do I care for my dental crown?
Dental crowns require no special maintenance! You simply just need to keep up with your regular oral hygiene practices. Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as consistent trips to see the dentist every six months are a great way to ensure that your crown lasts for years and years. Although your crown is durable, it is not indestructible. If your crown gets chipped or damaged, make sure to schedule an appointment to come see us right away.
If you think that you could benefit from a dental crown, or want to learn more about crowns as a restorative dental procedure, give us a call today. Our team will assess your dental needs and determine if a crown is the right course of action for you.