A dental crown in Bend, Oregon, is a tooth-shaped restoration. It is placed over a tooth to provide an ideal shape, size, appearance, and strength. When the dental crown is cemented into place, it completely covers the visible part of the tooth.
How long will my dental crown last?
Dental crowns usually last from 5 to 15 years. How long your dental crown lasts will depend on how much wear and tear the crown is exposed to as well as how well you practice dental hygiene. Your mouth-related habits can negatively affect your dental crown. Avoid the following habits:
– Grinding your teeth
– Clenching your teeth
– Chewing ice
– Biting fingernails
– Opening packages with your teeth
Will my permanent crown require special care?
Your dental crown will not require any special care. However, a tooth with a dental crown is still susceptible to decay and gum disease. So make sure you practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day (especially around your crown), and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Visit our dental office at least twice a day for professional cleanings and exams.
When is a dental crown used?
Dental crowns can be used in a variety of situations. Dr. Thomas E. Wold may recommend a dental crown to:
– Protect a tooth a weak tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together
– Restore a broken tooth
– Protect and support a tooth with a large dental filling
– Anchor a dental bridge
– Cover a badly stained tooth
– Cover a dental implant
For more information and to schedule your next visit with our dentist, contact our dental office today.