Dentist visits are not always fun and games, but they are necessary for the health of your teeth and gums. Many people still do not realize how important oral health truly is, and may not practice the best dental hygiene habits. It is important to be aware of having a healthy mouth in order to have a healthy body. People who are health-conscious realize that they must follow a good diet and exercise routine on a regular basis. The same goes for oral hygiene, as it can help us live a longer life.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is often called a “cap.” A crown covers all of the visible parts of the tooth and has many functions and reasons for placement. Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist, and are used most commonly to entirely cover a damaged tooth or cover an implant. There are several reasons why your dentist would recommend getting a dental crown, both cosmetic and for overall oral health.
There are several types of crowns that can be used, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel (cosmetic crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic). According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are pros and cons for each type, so you should have your dentist address your specific situation and make a recommendation on which is best for your tooth.
Benefits of a dental crown:
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and bite. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Crowns can help prevent this from happening.
Tips for keeping your crown in place:
While a crown can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Here are some tips:
1. Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss regularly
2. See your dentist and hygienist for regular checkups
3. To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects
To find out more information about dental crowns call the friendly staff of Dedicated Dental at (702) 566-5509 to request an appointment.