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A dental crown is a restoration that covers the top surface of a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. The crown can both improve the appearance of the tooth, and restore functionality.
Dental crowns are placed for various reasons, including:
There are a number of reasons a crown might be necessary: to repair a broken tooth, to support a large filling, or to cover a dental implant.
Both the look and function of your crown will help determine the material used. Dr. Postol will look at the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shade of the tooth, and the function of the tooth in order to help choose the best crown material possible.
A regular, thorough oral hygiene routine is especially important when you have crowns. You should be brushing twice a day, and cleaning between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners (specially shaped brushes). These important tools will remove harmful plaque from the area where the gum meets the tooth, and keep cavities from forming at the edge of the crown near the gum line.
To prevent damaging or fracturing the crown, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. You will also want to avoid grinding your teeth (bruxism). Keep your dental cleaning appointments and let us know if your crown becomes loose or damaged.