Good dental hygiene and a healthy diet contribute to the longevity of each person’s teeth. But sometimes an unfortunate incident, such as a break, requires folks to resort to scheduling a visit with a dentist to correct the structural damage. When a tooth cannot be treated by conventional filling because it has lost too much material, the dentist may suggest Dental Crowns to fill the void.
This is the best long-term treatment for most people because of its high success rate. What else should people understand about crowns before deciding on a treatment?
What is a dental crown?
Dental Crowns are artificial dental prostheses that covers what remains of a broken or damaged tooth to prevent further damage. The crown follows the shape of a natural tooth. For a more natural appearance, a dentist will also adjust the color of the crown to that of the patient’s adjacent teeth.
A crown can last for years depending on the health of the tooth underneath. When the tooth has lost much of its mass, choosing a more durable material is always the best option. Temporary crowns are placed on the tooth because the patient must wait for the permanent crowns to be developed in a dental laboratory and that takes time.
In which cases should a crown be placed?
When a tooth is broken or weakened by decay, the ideal way to repair it is to place a crown. The crown is recommended in several cases:
- After a root canal treatment, the crown is necessary to protect what remains of the tooth
- To improve the appearance of the tooth following a discolored filling
- To hold a prosthesis or bridge in place
How long does a dental crown last?
On average, crowns can last between 5 to 15 years. The life of a crown depends on good oral hygiene. People must also steer clear of bad habits like grinding, chewing hard foods or substances, nail biting, mainly because it could break the crown.
In terms of the artificial restructuring of a tooth, the dental crown is the best solution. It makes it possible to conceal imperfections, discolorations, and fissures of the teeth. Contact Robert S. Ogden DDS PA for a consultation today.