Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play a vital role in dentistry at Redbud Dental in Edmond. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.
Dental crowns are used for many 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 impedes a proper bite
A dental crown serves both 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 all 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!)
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