Damaged teeth are never fun. In fact, they can be extremely painful. You can experience discomfort when eating or even risk seriously fracturing—even losing—a tooth! We never want our patients to suffer from dental pain or discomfort, especially since we have a great restorative option for you: dental crowns in Wylie from Smile Studio of Wylie.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a tooth used to restore its natural size, shape, and improve its appearance overall. The crowns that we provide at our Wylie office fully encase the entire portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line (the part of the tooth that people can see).
Why would I need a dental crown?
One of our dental experts will recommend placing a dental crown if you need:
- To protect a weak tooth (from decay or damage) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore an already broken toothor a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
- To cover misshaped or seriously discolored tooth.
- To cover a dental implant.
- To save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can’t support a filling.
- To protect children who are at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.
How should I care for my dental crown?
Even though a dental crown does not require extra special care, its still important to maintain good dental care for a restored tooth. Remember that simply because a tooth has been restored, does not mean the tooth is protected from decay or gum disease altogether. You must brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily — especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth — and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day. In fact, it’s dangerous if you don’t practice these habits on a regular basis. Dental bacteria can collect between your tooth and along the gum line if the restoration if not cared for properly.
How long do dental crowns last?
The life span of a crown depends on the amount of damage and dental bacteria the patient exposes it to. Good oral hygiene and your personal habits can affect the longevity of your dental crown as well.
- Avoid using your teeth to open packages before you’re frantically googling “dentist near me” because of damaged restoration—just because your teeth are durable and sharp doesn’t mean you can use them in place of scissors!
- If you’re a smoker, try to stop smoking to reduce chances of discoloring and gum health problems that can directly affect your dental crown.
- Invest in a mouthguard to protect your dental crown from grinding and deterioration.
Visit the Smile Studio of Wylie to Get Your Dental Crown!
The most important part of maintenance for your dental crown is keeping your dental appointments with your dentist in Wylie. This way, we are able to check on the dental restoration regularly and professionally clean them. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.