Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you aren’t smiling as much as you would like because of missing or problem teeth, you may want to consider the smile-changing possibilities available with dental Crowns – a long-term solution for major dental problems or missing teeth caused by disease, wear and tear, and accidents.
Crowns are strong and completely natural-looking. A damaged tooth or a tooth that is off-color, oddly shaped or out of alignment can be entirely covered up and straightened using a crown. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. Additionally, crowns can sit atop a dental implant and provide a more natural shape to a non-ideally shaped tooth. If your dentist recommends a crown, it’s probably to correct one of these conditions.
Most crowns are made of porcelain or ceramic material that is matched to the color of your natural teeth. They may also be made of gold and metal alloys which are stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for crowns on the back teeth or molars. Porcelain is sometimes bonded to a metal shell, making it both strong and attractive.
Before a crown can be made, the tooth or abutment teeth must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit properly. An impression of your mouth will be taken to provide an exact mold for the crown. If porcelain is used, your dentist will determine the correct shade to match the color of your existing teeth. Your crown will be made by a dental lab and a “temporary” will be placed while your permanent crown is being made.
Although crowns can last a lifetime, the most important thing you can do to ensure their longevity is to practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing daily. Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings and avoid chewing on ice or other hard foods.
If you would like to learn more about crowns, call our office in Marina Del Rey to schedule a consultation with SmileOn Dentistry: (310) 881-8780