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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns

November 21, 2014 No Comments

From simply covering a cracked tooth to capping a dental implant, dental crowns are used to restore teeth in a variety of situations.  However, not all crowns are created the same. We advise patients to consider the material that’s placed in their mouth while making it a priority of our practice to offer proven and safe products.  When it comes to how your crowns are made, there are a few things to consider.

You have a choice about metal content – and it’s important!

Those traditional ‘gold tooth’ style metal crowns or darker stainless steel crowns had their place in decades past. People with strong bites and grinding jaw motions needed the additional strength. But newer technologies in metal-free crown construction, like that used by Dr. Lordo, have resulted in much stronger dental crowns without the obvious gold or stainless steel tooth look.

Some people have mild allergies to certain base metals that are used in dental crowns. Some metal alloys used to create crowns can contain traces of mercury. The levels used in dental applications are generally considered to be safe, but many people are concerned by any amount of long term mercury exposure.

Esthetically, nothing beats having a crown that is tinted to match your teeth color. Only all-porcelain construction lets Dr. Lordo restore your beautiful smile so that people will never know you have a dental crown.

It’s up to you how long your crown lasts!

Crowns don’t last forever, especially if you don’t take care of the investment in your smile. To last for 20 years or more, your new crown needs the same dental hygiene and behaviors that its neighboring teeth need. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are vital to make your new crown last.  If you have a teeth grinding habit at night, your crown and its neighbors will last a lot longer if you talk to Dr. Lordo about how to protect your teeth from sleep grinding.

Of course, we would prefer you never need a dental crown in the first place! Regular exams, cleaning and oral hygiene habits can keep smaller cavities from becoming root canals. But accidents happen, sports injuries are too common, and time between cleanings can get away from us. That’s why it’s important to request an appointment here on our website today!