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How to Get the Most out of Your Dental Crown

Your teeth are tough, but they’re not invulnerable. Decay, damage, and simply getting older can take a toll on your smile. In some cases, getting a dental crown is your best option to reinforce a compromised tooth, restore its appearance, or both.

In this blog, the crown specialists at CaliDental, with locations in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, and Bakersfield, California, explain what crowns are and how to get the most out of them.

The purpose of dental crowns

A dental crown is cemented onto a tooth, fully encasing the portion that sits above the gumline. Dental crowns are used to provide additional strength to teeth that are damaged by decay, weakened because of a root canal, or reduced in strength due to large fillings. Dental crowns can also be used to support dental bridges, in which case a crown goes over an otherwise healthy tooth to support the bridge.

Dental crowns can also be used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth. Furthermore, a crown can be used to sit atop a dental implant for a complete tooth restoration. The crown you need will depend on the work you need done.

Dental crown materials

The most durable solution that also duplicates the natural appearance of your other teeth uses porcelain fused to metal. A variety of metal alloys can be used for underlying strength, while the porcelain fused to the metal can provide a realistic look.

Other materials used for crowns include:

Caring for your crown

Crowns have a typical life expectancy of 5-15 years, and their longevity often depends on how well they’re taken care of. To prolong the life of a crown, you should brush twice a day, floss daily, use antibacterial mouthwash, and maintain regular dental checkups with CaliDental. You should also do the following:

If you need a crown or want to see if you do, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with CaliDental today.

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