Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent the need for dental restorations. However, if issues do arise, you want a dentist who can address the problem quickly and effectively to give you back a healthy smile. If you have a tooth that has suffered extensive decay or trauma, there are times when a dental filling may not be enough. When this occurs, Maegan Elam, DDS and Associates in Bedford, Texas, offers durable and beautiful dental crowns.
A dental crown is a cap or covering placed over the entire visible portion of the tooth to restore shape, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns can be used for a variety of reasons, including:
Getting a crown on a tooth typically takes two appointments. The tooth is prepared to receive the dental crown during the first appointment, and specifications are sent off to a trusted, local dental laboratory where the restoration will be custom-made. In the interim, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth.
Dental crowns can last for a decade or longer depending on the amount of wear and tear they are subjected to and your oral hygiene practices. Habits such as grinding your teeth, biting on hard objects, or using your teeth to open objects can cause a dental crown to break.
Dental crowns do not require any special care other than brushing twice each day and flossing once daily. Flossing around crowned teeth near the gum line is important to remove trapped food particles that can lead to decay.