A crown is a kind of cap or a cover the dentist can put over a tooth. A crown repairs a damaged or missing tooth to its normal size, shape, and function. A crown might also protect the tooth or improve the way it looks. The dentist in Rochelle, IL at Rochelle Dental care can suggest a crown to:
Crown tooth could be made from various types of materials. Metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics, porcelain fused to metal or composite resin might be used. When a crown is made, the material is mostly tooth-colored to blend in with the natural teeth. Insurance and costs should also be discussed and considered. After the patient and his/her dentist have looked at these factors, one might want to talk about their personal preference.
On average, dental crowns last from anywhere between 5 and 15 years. The crown’s life span depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how properly one follows good oral hygiene habits. Personal mouth-related habits like avoiding such habits as clenching or grinding the teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using the teeth to open the packaging.
It normally takes two dental visits to complete the treatment. When a crown is fixed over a natural tooth, many steps are involved:
While a crowned tooth does not need any special care, one should keep in mind that just because a tooth is crowned does not mean the tooth is protected from gum disease or decay. Therefore, one should continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing the teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash gel at least once a day.