What are crowns?

Dental crowns are custom covers or caps that attach to your teeth to protect and strengthen them. They can also improve the look of a tooth that doesn’t fit in well with the rest of your smile.

Your crown can be created with materials such as:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramics
  • Composite resin
  • Gold alloys
  • Other metal alloys

Some materials are matched to your tooth color while others, like metals, are preferable because of their strength, durability, and unique appearance.

Dr. Nahlah can give you a full list of benefits of each type of crown and help you choose the best material for your tooth.

When do I need a crown?

There are a number of reasons why Dr. Nahlah may recommend that you get a crown. Crowns can:

  • Protect damaged teeth
  • Strengthen teeth affected by large cavities
  • Protect restored teeth after a root canal
  • Hold bridges in place
  • Cover discolored or oddly-shaped teeth

Some crowns are placed for cosmetic reasons only, while others improve your mouth’s functioning. As long as you take good care of them, your crowns can last for the rest of your life.

How should I take care of my crowns?

Even though they’re strong and sturdy, crowns can break from time to time. Furthermore, your teeth with crowns can still get cavities. To avoid complications like these, you should:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss between your crowned teeth
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods or objects
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Come to Dental Group of Tysons for regular cleanings and exams

With these steps and proper aftercare when your crown is placed, you can avoid pricey repairs and further dental work.

What should I do if my crown breaks?

Some breaks are unavoidable. Your crowns can break after a blow to the face, biting down on something hard, or with normal wear and tear.

If your crown chips, cracks, or falls off, you should call Dr. Nahlah right away. If it comes loose, pull it off your tooth and take it out of your mouth to avoid swallowing it.

If you need protective and sturdy crowns for compromised teeth, call Dental Group of Tysons or book your appointment online today.