Fix damaged teeth and improve your smile’s appearance with dental crowns.
Most dental problems are a result of injury or cavities. While there are many restorative dentistry options available to fix any problem you face, our Lehi, UT, dentists Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill may recommend placing a dental crown to restore a weak or damaged tooth.
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
A crown is a custom-made tooth-shaped cap that fits over the tooth and is cemented into place at the gumline. Crowns are generally used in situations where a tooth is weak or damaged and needs restorative dentistry to stabilize and strengthen the tooth. By placing a dental crown we can prevent further damage to the tooth. A crown may be placed over a tooth that,
- Is severely decayed
- Has a large, worn filling that needs to be replaced
- Is cracked or fractured
- Requires root canal treatment
By placing a crown over the tooth not only do we nearly restore it back to its full strength but we can also improve the overall appearance of the tooth. Did the same damaged tooth also stick out from the rest of your smile because it was a bit misshapen, larger than the rest of your teeth or discolored? If so, placing a crown can completely alter the shape, size and color of a tooth. That’s right; crowns offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits!
Crowns also play a role in replacing missing teeth. If you have decided to get a dental implant from our Lehi, UT, family dentists then a crown will be used to cover the implant. If you choose to fill gaps in your smile with dental bridges, crowns will be placed over natural teeth to fix the bridge in place.
Do dental crowns require special treatment?
Since a crown is an artificial structure you won’t have to worry about it developing a cavity; however, you should still treat the tooth the same as you would a natural tooth. This means brushing and flossing each and every day. Avoid bad habits such as nail-biting or ripping open packaging with your teeth, which could damage your crowns. Caring for your crowns is actually quite simple. With the proper care, it’s normal for crowns to last up to 15 years or longer.
Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, offers knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate dentists who are ready to provide you with the preventive, cosmetic and restorative dentistry you’re looking for. Schedule an appointment by calling (801) 766-6344.