Your tooth’s natural crown is constantly being attacked by bacteria and digestive fluids, and it has to withstand pressure from your other teeth whenever you chew. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that it can sometimes break and leave the rest of the tooth weakened. If this happens, get in touch with Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra right away; our periodontists can provide a beautiful new crown customized just for you.
Dental crowns are caps that are fitted over an existing tooth. They’re typically used when the tooth has been badly damaged somehow, such as if there is a severe crack or advanced decay. The restoration can be shaped and shaded so that it fits right in with the rest of your smile.
There are many situations where you might need a dental crown. We can use them to:
If your tooth has been damaged in any way, pay our office a visit so that we can assess the situation and figure whether a dental crown or another type of restoration is the best way to maintain your oral health.
Once a damaged tooth receives a new crown, you’ll be able to chew and speak with it as you normally would. Also, since a crown restores the tooth’s shape, it will help prevent your other pearly whites from shifting out of place.
Many patients find it easier to talk and smile with confidence once they’ve received a crown to hide a crack or another form of dental damage. And if you take good care of your crown, you can look forward to your restoration lasting for a decade or longer.
You should protect your crown the same way you protect a normal tooth. That means practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day; if the enamel underneath the crown starts to decay or the surrounding gums become infected, your restoration could fail. Also, you should always avoid activities like eating ice, biting your fingernails, or opening packages with your teeth that could wear down or break your crown. Don’t forget to visit our office periodically; we can examine your crown to make sure it’s still in good shape.