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Crowns, also called caps, are natural-looking and can whiten badly discolored teeth. They also repair and strengthen cracked, injured, or chipped teeth. Crowns minimize physical discomfort from damaged teeth. Ultimately, crowns can improve the overall appearance of your smile while helping to prevent your teeth from breaking.

A crown is a durable cap of hard material shaped like a tooth. It fits over the top of your existing tooth and is glued into place. Crowns fully cover the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line and are commonly made of tooth-colored porcelain, ceramic, or resin.

In addition to improving strength, size and appearance, crowns are the ideal way to,

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Hold a cracked tooth together
  • Put a new surface on a badly chipped or broken tooth
  • Protect a tooth that has been weakened by a large filling
  • Hold a dental bridge in place (a dental bridge spans a gap where a tooth is missing)
  • Cover misshapen or irreparably discolored tooth

Ceramic and porcelain crowns look like natural teeth. The color is selected to match the nearby teeth in your mouth so the crown blends in perfectly—particularly important with front teeth.

Crowns normally require two visits and generally last up to 15 years depending on how well you take care of them. To preserve dental work, don’t bite fingernails, chew hard objects (like ice, pens or pencils) and don’t use your teeth to open packages.

For more information about crowns, please contact us today.

DID YOU KNOW?

Saliva serves an important function in oral health and actually the health of your entire body.

Every day, the average human body produces from a quart to an entire gallon of saliva a day! Actually, it is a process of recycling.

Saliva is mostly made of water, but it also includes important proteins and minerals that continously bath your teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and protect your tooth enamel. Saliva even keeps your breath fresh. Saliva also contains important substances necessary for proper digestion of food.

The action of chewing stimulates salivary glands inside your cheeks and mouth to produce saliva. The more forcefully you chew, the more saliva is produced. So the more you use your teeth, the more the body is stimulated to protect them.

Preserve your health

In recent years, scientists have discovered something remarkable—harmful bacteria that live in the small spaces between your teeth and gums are linked to a host of tragic illnesses. For example, the bacteria associated with Alzheimer’s Disease grow in tiny spaces between the teeth and gum (called periodontal pockets). From there, these harmful bacteria can spread along the nerve pathway from the teeth to the brain tissue. When these bacteria are introduced into brain cultures, a substance called beta amyloid is formed, which is a cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. Peridontal bacteria have also been linked to heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, respiratory ailments, strokes and blood clots, premature babies, low birth weight, and inflammation diseases. Preserve your good health by twice daily brushing and flossing.

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