Modern dentistry has made it possible for teeth that have been damaged to be saved and for teeth that have been lost to be replaced. One of the key restorations that makes this possible is the dental crown.
Q: What are dental crowns used for?
A dental crown is a type of tooth “cover” that can be used for a variety of reasons. Most often it is needed to protect a tooth that may have been damaged by decay or that has undergone root canal to protect it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover teeth that are worn down, cracked, or chipped to preserve them. They can also be used in various cosmetic services to cover unattractive teeth or to function as replacements for lost teeth.
Q: What does a dental crown look like?
Dental crowns can be made out of different materials and will therefore look different depending on the material used. Generally, crowns are made to match the shape of the tooth regardless of the material used to create the crown. Metal crowns can be made out of stainless steel and alloys like gold, nickel, palladium, or chromium. These crowns tend to be more durable but are not considered as aesthetically pleasing as the tooth-colored alternatives: porcelain, resin, or ceramic crowns.
Q: How do I care for a dental crown?
A dental crown should be cared for much the same way you would care for your natural teeth, especially since there is generally still a natural tooth underneath. This means keeping up with regular oral hygiene habits like flossing and brushing teeth daily. In addition, it will help to avoid habits that can be damaging to teeth and crowns alike such as grinding or clenching teeth and biting into hard objects.
Q: How long does a dental crown last?
If you follow these care routines and keep up good dental care habits in general, it is possible that your crown could last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. However, if you do not care for your teeth properly, you may need to have your crown replaced much sooner.
If you have any problems with your teeth that dental crowns could solve, a dentist can fit you with a high quality crown.