You do your best to protect the health of your teeth at all times. You brush, you floss and you visit your dentist every six months like clockwork. Unfortunately, accidents and mishaps can happen—and you might one day hear the word “crown” from the dentist.
If you do, have no fear! Our trusted and knowledgeable team is experienced in dental crowns and committed to giving you the best experience possible.
When Is a Crown Necessary?
There are many reasons why a dentist might recommend a crown. For instance, you may need a crown if you have a tooth with a large filling and are needing additional support.
Other times a crown may be beneficial include:
- Covering a tooth that is badly shaped or discolored
- Covering a dental implant
- Protecting a weak tooth from being fractured
- Restoring a fractured tooth
In all of these cases, a crown can help bring a tooth back to its normal shape and size.
What Is a Crown?
A crown can be defined as a cover a dentist puts over a tooth in order to protect the original tooth. A crown can be made of a number of materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
The crown is usually made in the same color as your original tooth so that it blends with your other teeth when you smile.
The best news is that the team at Cottonwood Dental offers same-day crowns as one of our restorative dental services. You don’t have to wait for days or a week with a temporary tooth—you can leave with your crown!
How Do You Care for a Crown?
When you have a crown, you want to care for it in the same way as you do your other teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss regularly in order to avoid any additional issues with your teeth and specifically that tooth.
You also want to avoid hard and sticky foods as much as possible, as doing something as simple as chewing on ice can cause a crown to break sometimes. In addition, you might want to talk with your dentist about the pros of wearing a night guard at night, especially if you have a habit of grinding your teeth while you sleep. The night guard can help to protect your crown and your other teeth, too!
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