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Dental crowns: what’s the purpose, procedure, and care?

A dental crown fits over your natural tooth, covering it like a cap. The crown is customized to match your teeth, so it’s seamlessly integrated into your smile, totally indistinguishable from a regular tooth.

Dental crowns protect damaged or decayed teeth, preventing the need for complex dental procedures or even extraction in some cases. At Dental Center of Florence, we may recommend dental crowns in circumstances where:

  • A decayed tooth has been extensively filled 
  • A tooth is chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged
  • Root canal treatment has weakened the tooth structure
  • The patient wants to cover a tooth for an aesthetic reason, such as discoloration
  • To anchor a dental bridge, filling the gap in a patient’s smile

Thanks to the versatility of dental crowns, we can use them in our Florence dental office to improve your oral health, the appearance of your smile, and the function of your bite.

Dental Crowns in Florence, KY

Before placing your dental crown, we will prepare the tooth, shaping it as necessary for a perfect fit. We will also remove filling material or decay as needed during preparation. 

When the tooth is ready for a crown, we take impressions or digital scans to send to a dental lab, where the custom dental crown is created. Finally, we place the final dental crown on the tooth.

A dental crown should provide a seamless look and a comfortable, natural feel.

Maintaining a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are easy to maintain, making them an excellent option for our patients who want a simple tooth restoration that doesn’t require a lot of extra care. You can continue your regular oral hygiene routine after receiving your crown.

However, despite a dental crown’s durability, you may want to avoid certain foods and habits. For example, hard, crunchy, and sticky foods should be avoided, if possible, when wearing a dental crown to prevent damage. Also, habits like fingernail-chewing or holding items in your mouth, like a pencil, should be broken to avoid fracturing or otherwise damaging the crown. 

If you tend to grind your teeth at night, a nightguard will protect both your crown and your natural teeth from damage. When you grind your teeth, your natural teeth can wear away under the stress of constant tooth grinding or even break, and so can your crown.

Patients who maintain excellent oral hygiene, dedicating themselves to both regular brushing and flossing, and see their dentist when scheduled for check-ups and dental cleanings may enjoy well over a decade of use from their dental crown. 

Call Your Dentist in 41042 Area 

If you need a dental crown in the 41042 area, our friendly team of dental professionals is here to help. With gentle but professional care, we can help you achieve exceptional oral health and an attractive smile. 

Before recommending a dental crown for your situation, Dr. Keith Laws, Dr. Laura Herfel, or one of our associate dentists will thoroughly evaluate your dental needs. If another restorative or cosmetic option would offer you more benefits, we will discuss your other choices at that time. 

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