Medical professionals, including dentists, know that today's patients want to be educated about the procedures they need. Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care in Okemos, Michigan enjoys working alongside his patients to help them achieve excellent dental health and attractive smiles by giving them thorough and accurate information. As an example, a few common questions regarding dental crowns are answered below.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns are so named because they sit on top of a natural tooth. To be more accurate, they cover up teeth that need extra reinforcement, which explains why "jacket" is an outdated term for a crown. They are shaped like a natural tooth with a carved-out section underneath to allow for attachment over the visible part of your tooth. Your Okemos dentist may use tooth-colored ceramic or metal crowns; this is based on where the crown will be placed, as well as your personal preferences.
Why are crowns needed?
Your Okemos dentist may recommend a crown in the following circumstances:
- To cover up or strengthen a tooth that has been weakened by decay. This technique is most commonly used to complete root canals.
- To build up the surface of a worn-down or misshapen tooth
- To act as support for both sides of a dental bridge
- As the visible top section of a dental implant
- To fix a cosmetic issue, such as a discoloration or chip
How long do crowns last?
With proper care, crowns can last 15 years or more. Keeping your crowns stable is a matter of caring for the teeth that surround them, as well as flossing to maintain good gum health. You'll also need to see your Okemos dentist twice a year for checkups.
To speak with your Okemos dentist about crowns or any other dental procedure, contact Eby Dental Care at (517) 349-9860 today.