What’s your first thought when you’re told you need a dental crown in Allen? Do you picture a restoration made of metal that will distract from your natural teeth? Here at Thrive Dental and Orthodontics, you won’t have to worry about your appearance after getting a crown. We’ll cover your tooth with a natural-looking cap that will blend in with the rest of the mouth while protecting and restoring the function of the tooth. You can expect high-quality restorations from our experienced dentists as well as our state-of-the-art technology. Have you noticed that you have a sensitive or broken tooth? Get in touch with us today so that we can get started on solving your problem with dental crowns in Allen, TX.
As the name suggests, a dental crown is somewhat like a cap meant to be placed on top of the tooth. Its function is to bring the tooth back to full strength and size so that you can keep eating and speaking normally. Crowns are meant to prevent further damage from the tooth, and they’ll protect you from tooth sensitivity (pain that occurs when the tooth touches something hot or cold).
You can have a crown made from many kinds of materials, but if you’re worried about your appearance, you’ll probably want a restoration made from ceramic or porcelain. Thanks to their color and the way they reflect the light, they can be made to look just like your natural teeth.
Dental crowns can be placed for many different reasons; in fact, you may not even realize how many different situations they can be used in. Severe decay is probably one of the most common reasons, as a crown can be used to hold together a tooth that cannot be repaired with a filling alone. Of course, the damage doesn’t have to be from a cavity; crowns can also protect teeth that were cracked or broken in an accident, thus preventing further issues down the line.
Sometimes getting a crown is a necessary part of another treatment. For example, if you have a tooth infection, it can be removed with root canal therapy, which also relieve the pain and prevent further damage. You’ll usually need a crown to keep the tooth safe afterwards. Also, while a crown by itself can’t replace a tooth, it can be a component in a dental bridge or top a dental implant in order to fill the gap.
Depending on the situation, you might even be able to get a crown for purely cosmetic reasons, such as to hide discoloration or a misshapen tooth.
Crowns do need to be replaced periodically, but they can enjoy a lifespan of up to 15 years if you give them the right kind of care. Here are a few tips that will help your restoration last:
Don’t forget to keep the crown clean by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash; this will keep the tooth underneath safe from decay.
Be careful regarding what you eat. Chewing on hard foods could break your crown, and sticky foods could pull it off the tooth.
Visit our dental office twice a year. As part of your regular checkups, we’ll make sure the crown is continuing to function properly.
Good maintenance will allow you to enjoy your new smile for well over a decade. If you feel like you need additional advice for protecting your crown, call our dental office or make an appointment online.
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