Our highly qualified dental team at Carrollwood Smiles performs a large variety of oral health procedures including the placement of dental crowns.
A crown is a type of covering – or “cap” – that is placed over a tooth. This can be for the purpose of restoring the shape, size, and/or strength of the tooth, as well as for cosmetic reasons, such as making the tooth look better and fit more evenly.
When the crown is properly cemented in place, it covers the entirety of the tooth including the visible portion of the tooth that lies at the gum line.
People need crowns for a variety of different reasons. One reason for a crown is in protecting a weak tooth that has decayed or has broken apart. Another reason for a crown would be to hold together pieces of a cracked tooth. Restoring a broken or damaged tooth is also an incident where a crown might be used. As well as supporting a tooth with a large filling where there is a lot of missing space; a crown would most likely be the best option. Most commonly crowns are used to hold a dental bridge in place. Cosmetically, crowns are used to cover discolored or damaged teeth. Crowns are also needed to cover dental implants. On the whole, they are needed in making a variety of cosmetic modification.
Many types of crowns exist. These include crowns made of stainless steel, and other metals such as gold and platinum, as well as materials like porcelain and resin. A metal crown is a common recommendation due to the fact that it is far more durable than a resin crown – resin is mostly used for fillings.
A dental crown tends to last for between five and fifteen years, largely depending on the care it receives. This, of course, depends on the material that is used along with how well you follow good oral health habits and other mouth-related habits such as chewing ice and biting your fingernails – both of which can degrade the lifespan of a crown.
Make sure to take good care of your teeth, and to treat your crown just as you would a regular tooth. Follow basic oral hygiene practices, and your crown will last a good while.
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