If you've had a root canal or another restorative procedure, your tooth may need to be covered up. One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is using crowns, and your general dentist in Downingtown, PA, Dr. Carl Horchos, offers crowns and can tell you more about the benefits of crowns.
Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your Downingtown general dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.
Dental crowns are used for attaching bridges, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated, covering dental implants and covering stained, or discolored teeth. Crowns reinforce teeth to help with withstanding various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.
During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth.
If you want to take care of your new dental crowns, here are some tips from your general dentist:
- Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
- Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
- Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
- Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. Carl Horchos in Downingtown, PA, as soon as possible.