Breaking a tooth can be painful and traumatic. Thankfully, our team of experts is ready to make your tooth whole again. In today’s blog, your dental experts at Cedar West Family Dentistry explore what a dental crown is, how repairing it protects long-term health, and essential tips to care for it in the long term.
What is a Crown?
We often refer to crowns as a hard hat for your tooth. They are custom-made prosthetic restorations that cover a damaged or weakened tooth. It is designed to mimic the shape, size, and color of a natural tooth, providing strength, protection, and a life-like appearance. Depending on your needs, they can be made from materials such as porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of both.
How Does a Crown Help?
The crown seals out harmful bacteria that could reach deeper and more vulnerable layers of the tooth. If decay, bacteria, or a crack reach the vital pulp then a root canal also becomes necessary. This can increase the risk of tooth loss. The crown also restores strength so that you can properly chew and enjoy all of your favorite foods again. Some people opt for crowns for cosmetic reasons. A crown can be created to change the size, shape, or color of an unsightly tooth.
Caring for Your Crown
Taking proper care of your crown is crucial for its longevity and overall oral health. Aside from simply brushing, flossing is key. It is important to remove plaque and bacteria daily from around the crown margins to prevent decay and gum disease. Although dental crowns are durable, they can still be vulnerable to excessive force. So, avoid chewing on hard objects or biting down on sticky foods that could potentially damage or dislodge the crown. Most importantly, schedule regular dental visits to ensure the health and stability of all your teeth. Our team can attempt to identify issues early to prevent the need for future crowns.
Schedule Your Treatment Today
A dental crown makes a broken tooth whole again, restoring both function and a natural appearance. By providing protection and strength dental crowns offer a long-term solution for damaged teeth. With proper care, your crown can restore your smile and enable you to confidently show off your teeth once again. Give us a call at Cedar West Dental in Richfield, MN today at (612)861-7188!