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A Quick Overview About Dental Crowns

BY East Cobb Family Dentistry

Been dreaming of showing off a beautiful smile, but problems like badly damaged teeth hinders you from doing so? Fortunately, there are plenty of dental treatments that can be easily accessed which can give the results you have always wanted. One dental procedure that people mostly opt for is a dental crown.

A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device that is attached to existing healthy teeth or dental implants. This prosthesis is used to “cap” or entirely cover a damaged tooth to restore, strengthen, and improve the the compromised tooth.

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Who needs a dental crown?

At East Cobb Family Dentistry, we recommend patients with the conditions mentioned below to consider getting a dental crown:

  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn down, cracked, or weak teeth
  • Cosmetic imperfections like discolored or poorly shaped teeth
  • Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth structure remaining
  • Restoration after a root canal

How long do dental crowns last?

A dental bridge can last a lifetime, but they do sometimes come loose or fall out. On average, the lifespan of a dental crown varies between 5 and 15 years. The longevity of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to, as well as the care performed by its wearer.

Does a crowned tooth need special care?

A crowned tooth does not necessarily require any special care. However, just because the tooth is crowned does not mean that it has the ultimate protection against decay and gum disease. Thus, good oral hygiene, which includes brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing at least once particularly around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth, as well as rinsing the mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash would suffice.

How to take care of dental crowns?

Once the dental crown has been placed, taking good care of it is essential to help prolong its lifespan. Here are some of the habits that should be diligently followed for a long-lasting crown.

  • Gently brush the teeth. Brush the teeth gently twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition, if the crown or the tooth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, using a toothpaste intended for sensitive teeth is recommended.
  • Flossing. Flossing daily can help remove food particles caught up in between the teeth, keeping them in their tip-top shape.
  • Use mouth protectors. If the patient frequently grinds or clenches their teeth at night, the dentist may recommend them to use mouth protectors like nightguards to protect their crown and surrounding teeth.
  • Avoid chewing or biting on something hard. Make sure to avoid chewing on ice, hard foods, or objects since these might cause the crown as well as the teeth to become damaged.

Aiming to restore your teeth as natural as it was before? Contact us to know more about dental crowns under our Dental Crowns and Bridges in Marietta, GA, or to schedule your appointment with East Cobb Family Dentistry.

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