Dental crowns have been around for a very long time. Porcelain crowns were first made in the 1800s, and crude versions were already in existence by the 1700s. Then and now, dental crowns have played an important role in the field of dentistry.
A dental crown can be described as a type of restoration work that fully covers a portion of the tooth or dental implant that lies at and above the gum line. Prior to definitive placement, the dentist will have to prepare the affected tooth to allow for a proper fit. Once cemented, dental crowns serve as the tooth’s new outer surface.
Dental crowns are commonly used to address the effects of bruxism i.e. excessive grinding of the teeth as well as chips or fractures due to trauma. In short, dental crowns serve both aesthetic and functional purposes. WebMD provides a list of situations when a Denver dentist will find a dental crown highly suitable for a dental patient:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of teeth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
Patients should never assume that crowned teeth are fully impervious to damage. Instead, one should practice good oral hygiene habits such as regular brushing and flossing to protect the remaining tooth structure and surrounding gum tissue from further deterioration. Meanwhile, since chewing nuts, candy, corn chips, and even taco shells can cause dental crowns to break or crack, patients with crowned teeth should steer clear of these hard foods.
The average lifespan for dental crowns is between 7 to 15 years, but with proper care, there’s no reason your crown can’t last decades. To ensure the best results, you can turn to a capable Denver dentist for professional care and advice on caring for your newly crowned teeth.
(Source: Dental Crowns, WebMD)