Dental Crown Specialist
Dental crowns are often used to protect damaged teeth or to protect teeth after procedures like a root canal. Dr. John Dean, a dentist at Dean Dental Solutions in North Little Rock, AR, offers custom crowns that look completely natural.
Dental Crowns Q & A
What Is a Crown?
A crown is a tooth cover that is made from ceramic or porcelain. The crown completely conceals the tooth, both front and back. These are individually created to be a custom match of the patient’s tooth. Therefore, a crown will blend in with all of the other teeth around it.
Why Do People Need Crowns?
Crowns are used for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the reason for a crown is aesthetic. Chipped teeth, broken teeth, and severely discolored teeth that cannot be helped with teeth whitening can all be cosmetically enhanced using crowns. Crowns are also used for functional reasons as well. For example, a crown is often placed atop a tooth after a root canal. It is meant to protect the tooth and give it the reinforcement it needs to function fully while eating. Crowns are also used on dental implants. They protect the implant, as well as giving it the appearance of a natural tooth.
How Are Crowns Cared For?
Crowns are cared for just like natural teeth are, for the most part. Teeth should be brushed and flossed every day, taking care to get the gums free of food. To avoid scratching the crowns, it is usually recommended that patients use a nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush.
How Long Will a Crown Last?
Crowns can last for a long time with good care. Usually, a crown will last for a decade or longer. Just as natural teeth can show signs of wear and tear over the years, crowns can also become worn. The dentist can create a custom replacement for the crown when it becomes significantly worn, but most people who care for their crowns properly will not have to worry about a replacement for a very long time. Some people have the same crowns for 20 years or more today.