A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth and covers its entire visible part, extending down to the gum line. Crowns are used to rebuild broken or damaged teeth and restore them to their normal shape and function.
At Dental Health Center, we typically recommend these custom-made restorations when a tooth has extensive decay, fractures, cracks, or has undergone root canal treatment. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. The choice of material depends on factors such as the location of the tooth, functional requirements, aesthetic considerations, and the patient's preference.
The Benefits of Dental CrownsTooth Protection
Dental crowns provide a protective covering for damaged or weakened teeth. They encapsulate the entire visible portion of the tooth, providing a barrier against further decay, fractures, or damage.Restoration of Tooth Function
Crowns restore the functionality of a tooth that may have been compromised due to extensive decay, cracks, or fractures. By covering the damaged tooth, a crown can help restore normal chewing and biting capabilities, allowing for proper oral function.
Dental crowns can be designed to closely match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. This ensures a seamless and natural-looking smile. Whether made from porcelain, ceramic, or other materials, crowns are customized to blend in with your surrounding teeth, enhancing your overall dental aesthetics.Strengthening Weak Teeth
Crowns provide strength and reinforcement to weakened teeth. If a tooth has undergone extensive decay, root canal treatment, or has a large filling, a crown can protect and strengthen it, preventing further damage and potential tooth loss.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
To prepare your tooth for a crown, our dentist will first examine it and take X-rays to ensure there is no decay below the gum line. If they find any decay, they will remove it along with some healthy enamel around it to provide space for the crown, so that your tooth's shape is uniform.
After reshaping your tooth, an impression will be taken and sent to the lab to craft your custom crown. Together with you, our dentist in Rexburg, ID will select the appropriate material for your crown and choose the best shade to match your surrounding teeth. Once the permanent crown is ready, it will be cemented in place using a strong resin adhesive.
You can care for your crown as you care for your natural teeth by brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once daily, and getting regular dental checkups. By following these tips, you can ensure that your crown lasts many years.
Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can address various dental concerns. If you’re ready to improve your smile with dental crowns or want to learn more about this procedure, visit Dental Health Center at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262.