Friday, 08 June 2012 11:45
"You wear the crown"
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth, to restore its size, shape, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
When cemented into place, the crown fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at or above the gum line.
Why is a dental crown needed?
Your dentist may recommend a crown in the following situations:
1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
4. To hold a dental bridge in place
5. To cover a poorly shaped tooth or severely discolored teeth
6. To cover a dental implant
7. To cover a tooth that has had a root canal
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin or all ceramic. Your dentist will help you decide which material will best suit your needs. Your dentist will make a temporary crown in the office until the permanent is constructed in the lab.
Although crowns can last a lifetime, they do at times come loose or fall out. The utmost important step that one can take to ensure the longevity of a crown is to practice good oral hygiene habits.
Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day or after every meal and flossing daily. It is important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
Dr. Sharon Robinson, DDS may be reached at 954-792-1857. The Dental Place is located at 6738 W Sunrise Blvd, #105, Plantation, Fl. 33313. You may also visit her website at www.dentalplace4u.com