Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.
Dental crowns are used for several common dental problems:
An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
A broken tooth
A tooth with acute decay
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that prohibits a proper bite
A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. Plus, a crown can save a tooth from extraction and the ensuing bone loss.
Cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like all teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is vulnerable to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package—don’t bite and pull!)
Craig Longenecker can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. For information on dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS today at Hereford Dental or visit http://www.hereforddentalhealth.com/meet-dr-longenecker/.
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