Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic teeth that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. Dental crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of it must be removed, crowns are often used to restore that tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment as a form of cosmetic dentistry.
Dental crowns are strong and generally last for about 10 years or longer if you take good care of them. Brush and floss your crown, just like you clean your natural teeth. It is also important to avoid chewing hard food such as ice or other hard objects as these can wear down your crowns faster. Your crown will be sculpted to match your tooth's unique impression, so your bite and jaw movements are remain normal once the crown is placed.
For more information about dental crowns or creating crowns for you, contact the dentists at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario.