A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap, usually made of material like porcelain that is placed over a tooth, helping to restore its shape and size or improve its appearance. Dental crowns are put in place after a root canal procedure. Also when a tooth has decayed to the point of beyond natural repair, a large portion of the tooth must be removed and crowns are put in its place.
Other common reasons to get a dental crown:
- Replace a large filling
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or to help slow down the erosion of enamel
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a dental bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored tooth
With proper care, a good quality dental crown can last up to eight years. It’s important to floss and brush in the area of the crown to avoid plaque buildup or collection of debris around the area.
A dental bridge is a natural-looking dental appliance that is used to replace a missing section of teeth. Bridges are custom made and permanent, so they are hardly noticeable and easily supported by neighboring teeth. The materials used for a bridge are gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. Like a crown, the need to be cleaned thoroughly especially around the gums where the missing teeth were, and should be in place as soon as possible to avoid gum and tooth infection.
To schedule an appointment for a dental crown or bridge at our local Lansing dental office, or have a question about this service, fill out the form on our contact page, or call us directly at (517)-371-5342.