What is a crown?
A crown is a cap which is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement.
Crowns are used for several reasons:
- As a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth.
- As a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings.
- To correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discoloration.
How long do crowns last and how do I care for them?
Crowns are made of inert materials which do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease.
Ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture. Avoid chewing excessively hard substances like ice or bones. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the crown trouble free. The most vulnerable portion of the crown is the margin or the junction between tooth and crown.
Regular checkups will enable your dentist to detect and problems with your crown and recommend necessary treatment.