Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
Caring for your crowns
With proper care, crowns could las t up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism) can significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the asdhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.