Are you having trouble with a damaged tooth? Getting a dental crown could help you with that. Basically, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed on a tooth in order to restore its size, shape, and durability. Once it is placed over the tooth, the crown completely covers the part of your tooth that is seen along your gum line.
Here at, South Valley Dental Practice in Hanford, CA, our dentist, Dr. Hoang-Tuan La, utilizes dental crowns to breathe new life into damaged and worn-out teeth. You can come in for a consultation to figure out whether dental crowns will work for your specific tooth problem.
Reasons Why Your Dentist May Suggest a Dental Crown
Your dentist may recommend that you obtain a dental crown in the following scenarios:
- Protect a weak tooth from further decay or damage
- Repair and restore a broken or severely worn down tooth
- Cover, support, and fill a tooth
- Support a dental bridge in its place
- Conceal a tooth that is discolored or stained
- Safeguard a dental implant
- Aesthetic purposes, such as to cover a smaller than normal tooth or an oddly-shaped tooth
Caring for Your Dental Crown
To make your dental crown last for as long as possible and ensure that it does its job, there are a few simple steps you can do to maintain it. You should avoid eating sticky, hard, or chewy foods, such as caramel or candy, that could cause the crown to loosen, while hard foods could displace or break the crown.
Likewise, you should make certain that you are practicing proper oral care habits. Keep in mind that the supporting tooth underneath the crown still needs to stay healthy. The crown also needs to be brushed properly to remove plaque on its surface. Flossing is just as vital since it gets rid of unwanted debris between the crown and your gum. Moreover, brushing and flossing properly effectively maintains your overall oral health.
In addition, refrain from chewing or biting on hard objects, gritting your teeth, or using your teeth as a multipurpose tool. These bad habits not only break or damage your crowns, but the rest of your teeth as well. Lastly, visit your Hanford dentist at least every six months for routine cleanings and checkups to ensure that the gums surrounding the crown are healthy.
For More Details on Dental Crowns and How They Work, Give Us a Call
Arrange your appointment with your dentist here at South Valley Dental Practice in Hanford, CA, Dr. Hoang-Tuan La, by dialing (559) 584-6109.