Dental Crowns 101

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Have you been told that one of your teeth may need a “cap,” or a dental crown? As the name may suggest, crowns sit on top of the tooth to add an extra layer of strength and protection. Unlike the name suggests, however, a dental crown is not a fashion accessory that should ever be removed.

A dental crown may be used in a several dental restorations, but it can also be used to help strengthen a weakened tooth, bind a broken or shattered tooth, improve on the appearance of a blemished tooth etc. The crown covers the tooth in question all the way to the gumline, but before your tooth can be “fitted,” one of our dentists will need to reduce the size of your tooth.

Dental crowns can restore the aesthetics of a natural tooth, and because of this, they have become a popular option. Porcelain crowns, in particular, can often be made to match the natural coloring of your neighboring teeth, and each crown is custom-made for your smile. Once the crown is completed, it is cemented onto the reduced tooth.

You should keep in mind that dental crowns have the potential to last a lifetime if you take proper care of them. Porcelain-based crowns were not made to withstand heavy teeth grinding and may be susceptible under pressure. If the surface of your crown ever feels rough, you should make an appointment to see Drs. Beck or Beck immediately.

If you live in the Kennewick, Washington, area and would like more information on dental crowns, please call 509-396-6950 to talk to a team member today. At Quail Ridge Dental, your dental health is our top priority.