A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the visible surface of a tooth. Dental crowns have many uses in restorative dentistry and can be made from different materials. Most commonly, they are made from porcelain, ceramic or metal. The type of dental crown you receive is primarily up to you and your dentist, but it will also depend on the reason it is being placed and the location of the tooth requiring treatment.
The Purpose of a Dental Crown
The evolving dental landscape gives us many current options for dental crown placement. If a tooth is badly decayed or weakened from multiple procedures, a crown may be placed to strengthen and protect the integrity of the tooth. A dental crown may also be used to hold a bridge in place or hold together a tooth which has been cracked. Dental crowns are often used as the final restoration in the dental implant process. Additionally, those who undergo root canal therapy might receive a dental crown to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.
Dental Crown Care
Once your dental crown has been placed, it only requires routine dental care. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily, preferably at bedtime, is recommended. It is also important to maintain regularly scheduled dental visits and cleanings. A dental crown will strengthen and protect a weakened tooth, but it will not prevent decay from developing underneath the crown. Decay that develops underneath a dental crown is typically detected via x-ray and diagnosed by a dentist.
If you have questions about caring for your dental crown, or you’ve been told you may need one, schedule an appointment with our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today. A dental crown is a natural looking restorative option for many common dental issues. We are always happy to answer questions and help you explore your options for a beautiful, healthy smile.