A dental crown in Anchorage, Alaska, 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.
When is a dental crown used?
Dental crowns can be used in a variety of situations. Dr. Kyle M. Triggs may recommend a dental crown to:
– Protect a tooth a weak tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together
– Cover a dental implant
– Restore a broken tooth
– Protect and support a tooth with a large dental filling
– Anchor a dental bridge
– Cover a badly stained tooth
How long will my dental crown last?
Dental crowns usually last from 5 to 15 years. How long your 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 Alaska Dental Associates at least twice a day for professional cleanings and exams.
For more information and to schedule your next visit with our dentist, contact our dental office today.