The Basics of Dental Crowns

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If you have a misshapen, discolored, or weak tooth, your dentist may have recommended to you to get a dental crown. Here are some basic things to know before continuing with getting a dental crown.

A dental crown protects and restores a tooth, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth. It will give the tooth its proper size, shape, strength, and appearance. It is cemented in place over the existing tooth (the tooth itself is not typically removed).

A dental crown may be recommended for a plethora of reasons, as crowns serve multiple purposes for a tooth. In terms of strength, a crown can strengthen a weak tooth, hold a cracked tooth together, or secure the structure of a tooth with a large dental filling. A dental crown can also serve you aesthetically, covering up poorly shapen or discolored teeth.

Dental crowns are cared for in the same way your natural teeth are cared for: brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each time. Remember that teeth are designed for biting and chewing food; avoid behaviors such as biting fingernails, clenching your teeth, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open things.

Take care of your crown, and it will last you up to 15 years. Remember to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings. To schedule an appointment in Lilburn, Georgia, call Lacour Family Dentistry at 770-921-6606. Dr. Kevin Lacour and our team look forward to seeing you!