We can take the mystery out of terms like dental crowns for Minneapolis area residents. If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown (also known as a cap) can be used to cover the damaged part of your tooth. A crown will protect your tooth from further damage.
Most commonly you will hear the dental term “crown” in association with the following circumstances: if you’ve had a root canal; if you have a large filling in a tooth; if you have a broken tooth; if your tooth is badly stained, not the right shape or out of alignment. A dental crown may be recommended as your best oral health option.
What are crowns made up of? There are a variety of suitable materials to choose from depending on where the tooth is situated and personal preference. Various types of metal are used, as is porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. As an example of how to determine which is right for you, consider if your damaged tooth is a molar that will sustain significant bite pressure. A crown containing metal might be suggested for its fine reputation of durability and strength.
To preserve the life of your dental crown, brush and floss it as you would natural teeth. Crowns are strong and will last approximately ten years, but avoid abusing them by opening bottle caps or biting on very hard objects. Of course, this principle applies equally to your natural teeth.
Consult your Bloomington Dentist at Point Family Dentistry regarding all your oral health concerns, including additional information on the dental crowns that benefit Minneapolis area residents every day. We are here to preserve the richness of your smile!