Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an essential role in cosmetic dentistry at Jordan Landing Smiles.
A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth. They are used for several common dental problems:
- An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
- A broken tooth
- A tooth with acute decay
- A tooth that has had a root canal
- A tooth that is too small or misshapen
- A tooth that prevents a proper bite
A dental crown serves structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is exposed to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package—don’t bite and pull!)