Back in the day when a tooth was severely damaged, it was typically adios to that particular tooth. Now with dental crowns, those teeth have options.
If a tooth is missing a substantial amount of structure due to severe decay or has been broken due to an injury, a dental crown can be placed over the healthy part of the tooth to restore it back to health and function. The rest of the natural tooth remains intact. Keeping as many of your natural teeth as possible is the healthiest option for anyone’s teeth, and it bodes pretty well for your smile too.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration designed to protect a tooth that has sustained structural damage from a crack, decay, or trauma. It completely covers your tooth like a protective helmet. All of our dentists at Tippit Dental Group design restorations to match your natural teeth, whenever possible, so your smile has a seamless appearance.
Crowns are made in a lab after your dentist prepares the tooth and takes an impression of its shape. The lab will make a crown that looks and feels like a tooth, balancing both strength and esthetics. Your crown will usually be placed at a second appointment although some types of crowns can be placed the same day. The crown will be adjusted and checked for proper fit prior to placing it in the mouth. The finished product should feel natural and blend in with the other teeth.
Caring for Your Crown
Caring for your crown is essential to ensure its longevity. Brushing, flossing, and keeping up your regular dental cleanings is the best insurance for your dentistry.
If you have a nightguard, it is essential that you wear it regularly to protect your crown. Clenching and grinding your teeth can damage both your crown and your natural teeth. Taking care of your restorations will extend their function and appearance.