Do dental crowns require special care?

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Dental crowns are wonderful restorations that offer a number of oral health benefits. If your dentist has recommended that you receive a dental crown, it is likely because your tooth is extensively diseased or weakened by damage. Dental crowns are bonded over teeth, and once they are placed, they are low maintenance. Patients will brush their crowns and floss around them the same way they care for their biological tooth structure.

Crowns are made from materials like metal or porcelain, and are therefore resistant to bacteria. While a dental crown is disease-resistant, it is still important that patients practice vigilant oral hygiene and visit their oral healthcare provider regularly for cleanings and checkups.

What does a dental crown look like?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations. Crowns are like a cap, they fit over a tooth covering its biting surfaces and all its sides down to the gums. They are made to very exact specifications so that they can fit over existing tooth structure and in between other teeth or prosthetics.

While all crowns are tooth-shaped, they can vary in appearance depending on the materials used to make them. Metal alloys like gold and silver, zirconia, and porcelain can be used to fabricate a dental crown. All of these materials can lend a different aesthetic. All porcelain and porcelain fused to metal crowns appear the most lifelike, and are practically indistinguishable from natural tooth structure.

When is a dental crown recommended?

A dental crown might be recommended for a few different reasons. Extensive tooth decay is a common reason for a person needing a crown.

Dental crowns are often necessary when old restorations like fillings or inlays fail. When old, smaller restorations fail, the weak areas of teeth are exposed to oral bacteria, debris, and acid. This can lead to accelerated decay if the failing restoration isn’t replaced quickly.

These types of restorations are useful for reinforcing broken and chipped teeth. Crowns might be placed following root canal therapy as well.

Our dentist provides beautiful restorations including custom crowns. Call Towson Dental Care today to reserve an appointment.