Your teeth are one of the first things people notice, and over time it’s natural for them to have some wear and tear. With modern dental advances, damaged teeth can be fitted with a dental crown to help repair and even enhance the life of your tooth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A crown is a protective cap that adheres to your tooth. The purpose of the crown is to retain the original appearance of the tooth. Once placed, the dental crown looks natural and is hardly noticeable.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
The crown covers the entire tooth all the way to the gum line. Dental crowns are made from different materials, like porcelain, ceramic, gold, or metal alloys. Your dentist will recommend which materials are best, based on the position of your tooth— stronger materials are used for different teeth. The crowns are then matched to the color of your natural teeth to ensure they blend in. Dental crowns not only improve your appearance, but they also strengthen the tooth.
When Should You Consider a Crown?
- If your tooth is chipped or broken
- If your tooth is weak or too worn
- To cover discolored or misshapen teeth
- If your tooth has had a root canal
- To help hold a bridge in place
Prevention Is Important!
Whether or not you’ve already had dental work, it’s good to practice preventative care. As good as crunching ice might feel, it doesn’t do your teeth any favors. Hard candies and similar foods can weaken an already compromised tooth. When you eat certain foods like popcorn, little bits can get stuck between your teeth, which may lead to dental problems.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about dental crowns, contact The Dental Care Center. Education and prevention is the best way to make the most of your dental care and to prevent future problems.