A dental crown is a cap that fits over a tooth. It is crafted out of ceramic, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal materials. A dental crown can help restore a damaged or broken tooth, strengthen aesthetically imperfect teeth, improve a tooth’s alignment, and enhance its appearance.
When are dental crowns used?
Traditionally, dental crowns have been used to repair teeth that have undergone severe decay. In the event of severe decay, a filling is not usually enough, and a crown is needed to fully restore the damaged tooth.
However, today, dental crowns are not only used to treat decaying teeth. They are also used to restore teeth that are chipped or cracked. Dental crowns are also used to treat teeth that have had root canal therapy. Teeth that have worn down over time can also be treated with dental crowns.
How are dental crowns made?
Dental crowns can be made from metal alloys, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. The metal alloys typically contain silver, nickel, and chromium. The porcelain crowns can look like natural teeth but are more fragile than metal crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a mixture of the two materials, with the inner portion of the crown being metal and the outer portion being porcelain.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
If you’re missing a tooth, a dental crown can restore the form and function of your smile. There are several benefits to getting a crown, including:
- Strengthening a weak tooth
- Restoring a cracked, broken, or worn down tooth
- Covering a tooth with a large filling
- Improving the appearance of teeth that show when you smile or talk
How do I care for my dental crown?
Caring for your dental crown is just like caring for your natural teeth. You must brush twice a day and floss once a day. When you are flossing around a dental crown, it’s important to use a gentle flossing motion and to check that the floss isn’t wrapped around the crown. Floss threaders can also help with this process.
In some cases, your dentist may recommend that you use mouthwash in addition to brushing and flossing. This is particularly true if the dental crown is placed to cover a tooth with tooth decay. A mouthwash can help fight bacteria and prevent decay. It can also help reduce plaque buildup.
How long will a dental crown last?
Dental crowns are the longest-lasting dental restoration available. In most cases, a dental crown can last up to 15 to 30 years. However, this timeframe can vary depending on how well the dental crown is maintained. Dental crowns can last this long because they are made of durable, high-quality material. This material closely resembles the natural tooth enamel, which means that patients won’t be self-conscious about the appearance of their smile.
In addition to their longevity, dental crowns are also stain-resistant. This means that patients don’t have to worry about their dental crown staining, which often happens with dental fillings. Patients who practice good oral hygiene and keep their dental crowns in good shape can expect their crowns to last for many years.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Doubletake Dental, call (801) 225-1002 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 163 N 400 W St A1, Orem, UT, 84057.