What Are Dental Crowns?
By Botts Dental Spa
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

dental crown diagramA tooth is made up of multiple layers, including the pulp, the dentin, and the outer enamel. A dental crown is designed to replace the outer layer when it gets worn out to protect the vulnerable layers inside. A dentist at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, can treat your teeth with one or more dental crowns to restore your smile's strength, naturally attractive color, and overall healthy appearance.

The Science Behind Dental Crowns
A dental crown is formed to match the appearance of your natural tooth as closely as possible. The center is shallow so that the crown can be bonded to the tooth after some adjustments are made. The crown provides much-needed strength and protection, especially when the tooth has been ravaged by decay. Dental crowns are most commonly made of high-quality porcelain material which is very tough and durable as well as attractive.

What Crowns Do for Your Smile
Dental professionals place over two million crowns per year according to the American College of Prosthodontists. These are some of the ways that a dental crown installed by your Cordova dentist can help your smile:

- A crown will completely renew the outer appearance of your tooth, from front to back.
- A custom crown can be created to fill small gaps between the teeth.
- Crowns cover up intrinsic staining, which is a dental stain that affects the inner layers of the tooth.
- A crown provides support and stability for the other teeth in your mouth.
- Crowns replace missing teeth when they are attached to dental implants or bridges.

Crown Care Tips
It is important to step up your oral hygiene routine after you get a crown. The more you brush and floss, the more likely you will have it long-term. Here are a few tips on how to care for your new restoration:

- Floss gently but thoroughly around the gumline to ensure that food particles don’t have a chance to create plaque around your crown.
- Brush all surfaces of the crown and check it with your tongue to ensure that it’s clean.
- Have your smile checked regularly for gum disease if that has been an issue for you in the past.

Schedule an Examination
You must set up an initial exam at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, to find out if your teeth can support dental crowns. Contact the office at (901) 737-2200 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Botts.