Dental Crowns Help Protect Decayed, Worn-Down Teeth
Dental crowns are the jack of all trades of the dental world. From teeth damaged by heavy decay to teeth worn down by everyday wear such as tooth grinding, crowns can help you restore your bite, give new life to your unsightly tooth or even preserve a damaged tooth to save it from extraction. Learn more about dental crowns with help from your Lakewood, CO dentist.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are a tooth-colored, tooth-shaped cap which encases the tooth. Crowns are carved from a block of ceramic by a dental laboratory over the course of several weeks. Each crown is customized especially for your mouth and color-matched to your teeth to provide the most natural appearance possible. Crowns make it possible to have a proper biting and chewing surface while preserving the damaged natural tooth’s structure below the gumline.
How do dental crowns work?
In order for the crown to fit exactly onto the tooth and to ensure a secure bond, your Lakewood dentist prepares the tooth before placing the restoration. First, he shaves a tiny amount of enamel from the sides of the tooth, then files it into the proper shape to fit the inside of the crown. If necessary, a temporary crown protects the prepared tooth until the dental laboratory completes the final, permanent restoration. Dental crowns benefit patients in various situations, including:
- to protect broken or damaged teeth
- to protect a weakened tooth
- to stabilize a tooth after root canal therapy
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- to restore the biting surface of a worn-down tooth
What can I do to keep my teeth healthy between dental visits?
The best way to combat tooth decay is a strong at-home oral care routine. Brush at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush when it starts to show signs of wear, usually after a month or so. Floss at least once a day, breaking the mouth up into quadrants and using a new length of floss for each one. This cuts down on the spread of bacteria from one area of the mouth to another. One of the best tools you have against tooth decay is your Lakewood dentist. Be sure to commit to regular dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Ronald L. Morse in Lakewood, CO. Call (303) 279-6929 to speak with an associate about scheduling your dental examination today!