Misshapen Teeth Can Be Corrected Using Dental Crowns

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If you have misshapen, discolored, or weak teeth, your dentist may have recommended dental crowns. Here are some basic things to know before moving forward with getting a dental crown.

A dental crown restores a tooth fully, covering the entire visible portion. A crown will give the tooth its proper size, shape, strength, and appearance. The crown is usually cemented in place over the existing tooth (the tooth itself is not typically taken out).

A dental crown may be recommended for any one of a number of reasons, because crowns can do a number of things for teeth. A dental crown can serve you aesthetically, covering up poorly shaped or discolored teeth. A crown can also strengthen a weak tooth, hold a cracked tooth together, or fortify the structure of a tooth with a large dental filling.

To take care of your crown, follow the same basic hygiene habits outlined for natural teeth: brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each time. Remember that crowns (and natural teeth) are designed for biting and chewing food; avoid such behaviors as biting fingernails, clenching your teeth, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open things.

If you take care of a crown, it can last up to 15 years. Remember to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings during that time. To schedule an appointment in Orangeburg, South Carolina, call Orangeburg Dental Associates at 803-534-1020. Dr. Samuel Lambrecht and our team look forward to seeing you!