What to Know About Crowns

by Jason 11/29/2012 8:00 AM

Dental crowns, also known as caps, cover existing teeth to make them look and function like other healthy teeth. While crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of your smile, they can also strengthen and protect your teeth. Like a bullet-proof vest or slimming black dress, right?

There are many ways in which a crown can come to your rescue. Here are some reasons your dentist may recommend a crown:

  • You have a cracked tooth. Crowns cover the crack to prevent further damage.
  • You need a large filling, but there isn’t enough tooth remaining to support a filling.
  • You have weak teeth that need protection from breaking.
  •  You need a dental implant. When you have an implant, a screw is placed into the jawbone and supports a crown at its end so that it functions and looks like a real tooth.

Crowns usually last five to eight years, but you can extend the life of your crown by:

  • Avoiding hard foods and ice that can break a porcelain crown.
  • Not grinding your teeth. Talk with your dentist if you know that you have this habit.
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and see your dentist twice a year.
  • Flossing.

If you have one of the dental conditions above or your dentist has recommended a crown, click here to learn more about crowns. For more oral health information, follow us on Twitter @DeltaDentalMO, Like us on Facebook or keep reading the blog.

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