Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures you can have done. Crowns are used on their own, as a support for dental bridges, and for both functional and cosmetic reasons. But, as with any dental procedure that involves re-shaping a tooth to fit a new appliance, it’s a good idea to find out more about dental crowns before going in for the procedure. Of course, if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask our iSmile Dental San Pablo dentist in San Pablo, CA, before they start the procedure. We’re proud to serve and educate the San Pablo, CA Community.
Crowns are dental appliances that mimic the appearance and function of your natural tooth. They usually aren’t applied for cosmetic reasons but are useful for repairing chips, cracks, and tooth decay.
You may already have a dental crown if you had a cavity filled, and the filling failed. Your San Pablo dentist probably installed a crown to protect your tooth from further damage. You might have gotten a filling and a crown together if you needed a more comprehensive filling that didn’t leave much of the tooth left.
The common image of dental crowns is metal or gold molars in the back of your mouth. While many crowns are made from metal, usually a mix of different metals, crowns can be made from resins, porcelain, or a combination of the different materials.
A crown can look completely metallic, completely natural, or a combination.
Depending on the location, and how well you take care of your crown, they can last for 5 to 15 years on average.
Once you have a dental crown, it’s important to make sure you’re continuing to take care of your mouth and teeth.
Crowns don’t require special attention or cleaners like dentures, but you should continue your oral hygiene routine. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. You may also want to pay a little more attention to the area around the crown to protect your natural teeth. Good hygiene also protects the dental cement keeping your crown in place.
Looking for a dental crown near you? We’re happy to schedule you for a regular cleaning or crown consultation in San Pablo, CA. Our receptionists will be happy to find a time that works for you. Contact iSmile San Pablo today!