Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play a vital role in cosmetic dentistry at The Carrollton Dentist. Also called a cap, dental crowns are a restoration that cover the visible part of the tooth.
Dental crowns are used for numerous common dental problems:
- An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
- A broken tooth
- A tooth with severe decay
- A tooth that has had a root canal
- A tooth that is too small or misshapenA tooth that impedes a proper bite
A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.
Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing, just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed, and the soft tissue around the crown is vulnerable to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break.
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