When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?

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Tooth enamel may be the hardest material in your body, but that doesn’t mean your teeth are invincible. In fact, your teeth are susceptible to damage from a variety of sources over your lifetime. Not only can poor hygiene have a negative impact on your teeth, but other lifestyle habits like smoking, your diet, or participation in contact sports can increase your risk for damaging teeth. At McNeely Family Dentistry, one of our most common treatments for damaged teeth is dental crowns.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are protective caps that fit over your natural tooth. They’re designed to look like your natural teeth in both shape and color. Once your crown is placed, no one but you (and our dentists!) will be able to tell that it’s not a natural tooth. You’ll be able to eat, talk, and smile normally.

When Do We Use Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a versatile restorative treatment. After a root canal, we use a dental crown to cap the formerly infected tooth. If a tooth is badly chipped or cracked, we may place a dental crown to protect the natural tooth from further damage and restore your use of that tooth. While we often opt for fillings to treat cavities, we occasionally use crowns for larger cavities.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

With proper care, your dental crowns should last for at least ten years. Some people have crowns that have lasted 30 years. Caring for your dental crowns is just like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss every day to fight back against cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Avoid biting down on hard foods. Anything that can crack a regular tooth can also crack a crown.

Preventive Care at McNeely Family Dentistry

You should also keep up with regular visits to our office so our team can keep an eye on your smile for any signs of developing problems. To ask us any questions about dental crowns or to schedule your next visit, call our Charlotte office today!

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