What Are Dental Crowns?

Crowns are coverings or caps made of a strong material such as porcelain. They are placed on top of a tooth in order to help restore the dental crownsfunction or appearance of a tooth, usually after a root canal. When decay in a tooth is advanced, large portions of the tooth must be removed. Cosmetic dentistry in Zanesville, OH from Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker can help solve dental issues.

About Dental Crowns

Crowns are used to cover implants, prevent cracked teeth from worsening, or attach dental bridges. They also can be used to restore a stained or discolored tooth to its natural appearance. In order to accommodate the dental crown, the tooth itself must be reduced in size. An impression is made of the teeth to create a custom-made restoration. This impression is sent to a special lab while a temporary crown is worn.

Crowns can last up to eight years or longer with the proper care. It is important to floss around the crown to avoid debris or excess plaque from being around the restoration. Teeth grinding can dramatically shorten the life of a crown. Also, eating brittle food or hard candy can damage the crown too. Regular oral hygiene habits, as well as dental exams and cleanings, will help keep the crown looking and feeling its best.

Bridges are appliances that are used to replace a section of missing teeth. Crowns are used on either end of the gap to secure the bridge into place. This fixed dental bridge cannot be removed. They help to restore the appearance and function of missing teeth with the help of your cosmetic dentist in Zanesville, OH.

To learn more about crowns and what they can do for your oral health, call our office today to schedule an appointment at 740-453-0731.

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