Sometimes oral health problems can occur, even when you’re doing everything right. You may have slipped on slick asphalt and chipped a tooth, developed tooth decay, or cracked a tooth due to a nocturnal bruxism habit. Fortunately, there are several options to restore your smile’s health, function, and beauty.
At Thomas Family Dentistry, we provide a wide range of services and high-quality restorations, such as custom-made porcelain crowns.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that shields the tooth from damage and decay. Because a dental crown completely encloses a tooth, it restores or alters its size and shape while strengthening and supporting the tooth. Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations in modern dentistry. Not only do they cover and protect weak or decayed teeth, but they also can stabilize your bite and improve the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth. Your dentist may also use a dental crown to anchor a dental bridge or top a dental implant.
Placing a Dental Crown at Our Hermitage, PA Dental Office
Once we’ve determined a dental crown is a solution for you, your dentist will begin the process by preparing your natural tooth. Preparation includes shaping the tooth to ensure your crown fits perfectly. Next, we use our TRIOS® 3Shape digital scanner to take precise and detailed impressions of your smile. While our dental lab partners create your final dental crown, we will fit you with a temporary one so you can still chew and speak comfortably. When your final crown is ready, we will secure it over your tooth.
How to Make Your Dental Crowns Last
Dental crowns usually last between 10 and 15 years. However, the better you care for your oral health, the longer your dental crowns may last. We encourage you to do the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Avoid eating hard, sticky, crunchy, or sharp foods that can wear down or break your dental crown.
- Visit your dentist for routine dental exams and professional teeth cleanings to keep cavities, disease, and other oral health concerns at bay. Your dentist will also check to make sure your dental crowns stay in great shape and look beautiful.
Dental Crowns in Hermitage, PA
Dr. Deanna Thomas and Dr. Noelle Peters are highly skilled restorative dentists who can help you discover your healthiest smile. Please contact our Hermitage dental office today to schedule your appointment.
We look forward to welcoming you to Thomas Family Dentistry!