A dental crown is a synthetic cap, usually made of porcelain, that is placed on the top of a damaged tooth to restore its function and appearance. Dental crowns are often used after a restorative procedure, such as a root canal, or when tooth decay has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed.
If you are suffering from a cracked, damaged, or lost tooth, our Statesville crown restorations can help you feel as good as new.
Sometimes, if a patient has an empty tooth socket with two healthy teeth on each side, the dentist can create what is called a dental bridge. To do this, he or she will place a crown on each of the teeth to the left and the right of the gap (called the “abutment” teeth). The abutment teeth support a dental implant in the middle. Today’s dental bridges are extremely natural-looking, and can restore the natural contour of the teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
With proper care, a high-quality dental crown can last for up to eight years, and in many cases, even longer. To help your crown last as long as possible, it is important to regularly floss around and beneath it to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Certain behaviors, such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding), can significantly shorten the lifespan of a crown. If you suffer from one of these behaviors, it is important to take measures to control them in order to preserve your crowned teeth and your natural teeth.
Chewing on popcorn seeds, ice, hard candy, or hard foods like peanut brittle can all cause a crown to come loose, or even damage it. To preserve your crowns, it is best to avoid these foods.
Think you might need a dental crown in Statesville? We can help you feel better! Click here to request an appointment with the office of Robert Schmidt DMD.