Dental crowns are a type of restorative dentistry that are used for to repair damaged teeth. Tooth injuries happen frequently and can result in painful cracked or broken teeth that require this type of treatment. For a dental crown, a dentist will create an abutment in the damaged tooth by removing the enamel and then place a cap into the abutment area.
Caps are made of metal or porcelain and in some cases a mixture of both. After the cap is formed, the dentist will securely glue it into the affected area. In the case of molars, metal will be used to create the cap because of the demands the back teeth have due to chewing. Broken and cracked teeth require the cap to add strength and structure. In the cases of restorative dentistry involving enamel destroyed from tooth decay, the cap is put in place to restore the lost enamel.
It cannot be understated how important follow-up care involving brushing and flossing of the treated area can be. The cap itself is not subject to tooth decay but the leftover enamel surrounding it is. If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, the ensuing tooth decay can cause the crown to loosen. Prevent this from happening by brushing and flossing regularly.
If you’d like to talk about how dental crowns can help you, contact Always Dental Care in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. We look forward to restoring your smile!