Dental crowns are a standard treatment for a variety of different dental conditions. If your dentist recommends that you get a crown, you will likely have many questions about what this specific process means for your oral health. The dentists at Premier Dental Care in Palmdale, CA respond to frequently asked questions regarding a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap that fits over a tooth and is made from porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys. It is used to cover a dental implant or a tooth damaged by decay or breakage. After a consultation with your dentist, a customized crown is constructed in a dental laboratory to fit your unique smile.
Once it is ready, your dentist will shave a small layer of enamel from your tooth to make room for the cap and then place the crown over the tooth. The crown is then permanently sealed in place. It will feel and look like your natural teeth.
How can a crown help me?
There are many oral health benefits to a dental crown. A crown can be placed over a tooth that is decayed, broken, or otherwise damaged. This is done to strengthen the tooth and protect it from further harm. A crown can also be placed over a filling of a cavity or a root canal to seal the tooth and provide support.
Dental crowns are used for cosmetic purposes as well, such as covering a discolored tooth when traditional whitening methods have been unsuccessful. Crowns also feature as the final addition to a dental implant, ensuring a natural appearance to a permanent tooth replacement solution.
How do I take care of a dental crown?
Once a dental crown is bonded to your tooth, it can only be removed by a dentist. Though the crown is permanently sealed in place, it requires good oral hygiene habits to ensure it lasts as long as possible. With proper maintenance, a crown can last for a decade or more. Good practices include regular flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Biannual dental visits to examine and clean your crown and the rest of your mouth are important too.
Dental crowns are durable but are subject to damage or breakage with too much pressure. We recommend you avoid biting down on hard items, like ice or fingernails. If damage does occur to your crown, contact your dentist so they can repair the fixture as soon as possible.
Dental crown treatments and more in Palmdale, CA
The dentists at Premier Dental Care are experts in dental crowns and other restorative dentistry treatments. They also specialize in general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Find out more about our services online or contact us by phone at 661.231.7031.