A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.
Crowns can be made using various materials, but porcelain crowns provide the most realistic results possible. A porcelain crown will be matched to the rest of the teeth, providing a natural, uniform look.
Crowns prevent patients from losing teeth. Without a protective crown, a weak tooth would not be able to withstand the pressure of chewing. It is always better to preserve natural teeth if at all possible, and crowns enable patients to do that. It can also be used to replace a missing tooth and prevent the patient’s remaining teeth from shifting out of place in the jaw.
Once the permanent crown is in place, it should be cared for just like your other, natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss the crown regularly, and if any issues arise, contact your dentist. From time to time a crown may become loose or damaged, in which case it may have to be replaced. However, when cared for properly, most crowns can last for 10 years or more.
If you have a tooth that is damaged or believe that a you are in need of a dental crown, please contact at Gums and Smiles Family Dental in Leander, Texas 78641 to schedule an appointment.