A dental crown is a “cap” or “crown” that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, and color. A crown is put in place when a tooth has been damaged or is decaying. Crowns sit upon part of the existing tooth’s surface and are cemented into place. Many people have dental crowns put on teeth that have cracked in order to seal the crack and prevent further damage. Other people need to have a crown placed on a tooth where there is not enough tooth surface to support a filling. Crowns can also be used to cover badly shaped or discolored teeth for an enhanced appearance.
Dental crowns are a common procedure done in the United States. Crowns are made to look like a patient’s natural teeth so that they are not noticeable by other people as being “fake.” A dentist will take an impression of the patient’s mouth and will create a crown based on the color, bite, shape, and length of the patient’s natural teeth. Crowns are meant to aesthetically enhance a person’s smile as well as strengthen the teeth. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, crowns can last for many years. Brushing and flossing are essential to optimal oral health for people with dental crowns, just as they are essential to everyone with all natural teeth.
If you have a tooth, or multiple teeth, that are damaged or need repair, set up an appointment with your dentist to discuss having dental crowns made and placed. Crowns can improve you smile and boost your confidence by restoring the beauty and function to your teeth.
Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
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