December 9, 2017
When you think of shelter, you may envision a house. And when you think of protection from the rain, your mind may picture an umbrella. Along these same lines, the shelter and defender of your teeth’s honor are dental crowns of Washington DC. They stand up to the challenge of guarding against would-be intruders. Learn more about why they’re important and how they function.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a structure that covers the entire tooth down to just below the gum line. It’s typically used when a tooth is badly damaged and where it can’t be repaired with a normal filling. More specifically, it is used for root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, and chipped or cracked enamel.
The crown is made of either gold, ceramic (porcelain) or ceramic-veneered gold crowns. Gold and metal-ceramic crowns offer extreme durability and are normally reserved for the molars. However, porcelain crowns are typically used in the front of your mouth because they look more like your normal teeth.
How the Process Works
The procedure for dental crowning is usually done in two visits. Here’s what you can expect to happen:
- Removal of the Damaged Area – The first step is for your dentist to remove and/or repair the damaged area and then fit you with a temporary crown.
- Selection – During the first visit, you will also work with your dentist in Washington DC to select the cement color that will be used for your crown. The goal here is to match closely the color of your other teeth.
- Crafting – It typically takes about three days to a week for your permanent crowns to be crafted by the dental lab.
- The Second Visit – At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and prepare your tooth for the permanent one to be placed using cement.
How to Care for Your Dental Crown
There are a few things you should know that will encourage a longer life for your crown:
- Avoid Chewing Ice – There is a possibility that chewing ice can crack your crown. Also, try to avoid eating hard foods like certain nuts.
- No Grinding – Grinding can damage your crown just like they harm your natural teeth. If this is a problem for you, then speak with your dentist about possible options.
- Maintain Oral Hygiene – Your oral hygiene is just as important with dental crowns as with your natural ones. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day to remove any harmful bacteria.
Now, you’re set to begin a new chapter in your life. You are protected and secured as long as you treat your new crowns with the care and attention that is necessary. Furthermore, your dentist is here to guide you through the process and make sure that you are safely and effectively restored to normal.
About the Author
Dr. Jingchao (Jean) Li is a board-certified periodontist, specializing in gum disease and dental implants. She practices at Dlight Dental and can be reached for more information through her website.
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