Why might I need a dental crown?
Teeth that are old, broken, or otherwise damaged may benefit from the placement of a dental crown. Dental crowns are a standard restoration used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry and continue to be used by dental professionals to protect the natural tooth structure and save a tooth from further damage. Dr. Rich Flores of Willoughby, Ohio, is a dedicated professional who can provide this and many other solutions for his patients.
What is a dental crown?
Our team best describes the dental crown as a “tooth cap” used over the visible portion of a tooth to add an extra layer of strength and protection. Teeth with significant damage, such as large areas of decay or those having undergone procedures such as root canal therapy, will benefit from creating and placing a dental crown. By covering all areas of the exposed tooth, the patient can rest easy knowing their natural tooth structure underneath is protected.
What types of crowns are available?
At the practice of Dr. Flores, 99% of the crowns fabricated for our patients are made of white dental zirconia, which is a metal-ceramic hybrid dental material. This ensures a natural appearance to the smile even after one or more crowns have been designed and placed to restore the smile. We encourage patients to consider this restoration when needed, and we have the ability to fabricate quality crowns that will last several years with proper care and attention.
How do I care for a dental crown?
Patients with crowns will brush and floss as they usually do and are encouraged to see their dentist every six months to evaluate the restoration and the tooth underneath. If a dental crown is becoming loose or is damaged, it will be removed and replaced with a new one to protect the natural smile as much as possible.