What Do You Know About Dental Crowns?

dental crownsHow many times has someone told you to smile? Summer is the time for family photo-shoots and selfies with friends. If you aren’t smiling because of a missing tooth, a dental crown can offer a long-term solution. A crown may also be used to improve the alignment of your teeth and your “bite.” Unlike dentures, which are removable, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth and can only be removed by your dentist.

Here are 7 additional things to know about crowns:

  1. Dental crowns are completely natural-looking and they are strong. A damaged tooth or a tooth that is off-color, oddly shaped or out of alignment can be entirely “capped” and strengthened using a crown.
  2. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.
  3. Additionally, a crown can sit atop a dental implant and provide natural shape and structure.
  4. Most crowns are made of porcelain or a 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 the back teeth or molars.
  5. Before a crown can be made, the tooth 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.
  6. Your crown will be made by a dental lab and a “temporary” will be placed while your permanent crown is being made.
  7. Although crowns can last a lifetime, the most important thing you can do to ensure that they do 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.

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Morris County friends and neighbors…now is the time to get your smile on for spring and summer! If you are curious and would like to learn more about crowns, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg, today: 973-328-1225.