Dental crowns are a versatile dental treatment that is able to treat both cosmetic and restorative issues. As a dental tool, they can be used to address a variety of dental problems. At Red Maple Dental in Asheville, NC, Dr. Shawna Hoffert helps patients renew their smiles with dental crown treatment. She cares about the comfort of her patients, which is why she explains each patient’s individualized dental plan prior to treatment. If you want to learn more about the answers to frequently asked questions about crowns, read on.
Dental Crown FAQs
What are dental crowns used for?
Dental crowns can be used to fix a cracked or broken tooth, cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, or stabilize teeth that have undergone a root canal. They can also serve as the final restoration to cap off a dental implant and help strengthen the anchor teeth for dental bridges.
What are dental crowns made out of?
Dental crowns are made of a porcelain ceramic that can be color-matched to original teeth for a natural look. When crafted from porcelain, crowns blend in with your smile.
What’s the process to get a dental crown?
Prior to treatment, Dr. Hoffert will assess your teeth and gums to see if a dental crown is right for you. Then, she will clean the affected tooth and take off a small portion of the tooth enamel so that there’s ample room for the crown. Dr. Hoffert will fit you with a temporary crown while she creates your custom crown. When your dental crown is complete, she will make sure that it fits onto your tooth comfortably.
How do I take care of dental crowns?
If you maintain a good oral health routine, dental crowns can last for 30 years. They should last long if you brush and floss regularly, as well as schedule routine visits to our office. Keeping an eye on your diet can also help. Patients who eat hard foods can crack or chip their dental crown. At routine appointments, Dr. Hoffert make sure to examine your crown and the tooth under it to ensure that the tooth underneath isn’t decaying and that there is no damage to the crown.