Dental crowns are “covers” that cement over an existing tooth. If you have a tooth with a good, stable root system but has a large crack or has been worn down over time, a crown may be placed to help preserve your bite and smile. A crown can be made of different materials, such as porcelain or ceramic, porcelain over a metal alloys, or a gold alloy with no tooth-colored material at all.
What function does a dental crown serve?
A dental crown is used to cover the top of a tooth that has been comprised either through bruxism (grinding the teeth) or after a root canal. Sometimes a tooth has a large crack that would make a simple filling impractical because of the strong bite force your jaw has. A crown would be placed over this tooth to give it strength.
Teeth that are misshapen or severely discolored can be covered by crowns to make your smile brighter and even.
Support for a bridge
A crown is placed on either end of a bridge to act as an anchor for the pontic portion of the bridge.
How do I take care of a dental crown?
A dental crown is placed over a single tooth or implant and is relatively simple to take care of. Avoid chewing hard food, like ice, which can fracture the ceramic coating of a crown. Don’t chew on non-food items like pens or pencils.
Get a regular checkup
To help maintain a crown, as well as a beautiful mouth overall, regular checkups are necessary to check for any comprises in the bond between the crown and tooth or implant.
Maintaining a regular brushing and flossing routine at home, as well as using an ADA approved mouthwash to reduce bacteria in the mouth, helps keep teeth and gums clean.
If you have any questions at all about dental crowns give us a call at (630) 571-2500. A Center for Dental Implants is ready to answer any questions you have.
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