Dental crowns cover and support teeth that have been cracked, decayed, or heavily restored in order to give them a new level of strength and beauty. Here at Nashua Smile Makers, your dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr Salvatore Colletta, use crowns to improve your smile's appearance and restore complete oral function. Read on to learn more about what this restorative treatment can do for you!
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap fashioned from high-grade ceramic. After taking oral impressions, photos, and perhaps X-ray screening, your dentist sends your information to a highly-specialized dental lab. Once created, your new crown will protect and support your weak tooth and regularize its shape and size.
Are there other uses for crowns?
Yes, the dentists in Nashua Smile Makers use porcelain crowns to affix bridgework to adjoining teeth, to restore dental implants, and to cover teeth healed by root canal therapy.
How long does a porcelain crown last?
Of course, everyone is different. However, most crowns last about 10 years, according to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta make sure each crown fits properly and that the dental bite is balanced, reducing the incidence of excessive wear, chipping or cracking.
How do you care for a dental crown?
If you brush and floss your teeth every day, avoid chewing ice or non-foods (such as the top of your pen or pencil), and see your dentist at Nashua Smile Makers for semi-annual cleanings and exams, you'll do well with your crown. Avoid staining foods and beverages whenever possible, too.
Is a crown expensive?
Crown costs have remained relatively stable over the last several years. While they do cost more than fillings or simple extractions, they are well worth the expense. Your dentist encourages crowns to avoid pulling teeth and to give you the best possible personal appearance.
At Nashua Smile Makers, the professional staff answers patient questions cheerfully and accurately. If you wish to understand how dental crowns could be your best restorative option, please call the office for an appointment: (603) 882-3727.