Over time, your teeth may become damaged and lose shape and size. Tooth decay, injuries, bruxism (a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth) and poor oral hygiene can all cause this. These issues can be fixed with a dental crown treatment performed by our experts in Cardiff.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, also known as “caps”, are tooth-shaped pieces placed on top of broken teeth to cover visible areas. Crowns can protect and preserve your teeth’ appearance, size, strength, and shape if fillings do not work. Dental crowns can be made from metals, porcelain or resin. They don’t need any special care other than consistent and good hygiene.
Why would you need a dental crown?
There are many reasons why a dental crown might be necessary, such as:
- To protect weak teeth from falling (perhaps because of decay) or to keep them together if they are broken in parts.
- To restore a chipped or broken tooth.
- To remove a large filling from a tooth and replace it with a new one.
- To cover teeth that have been severely stained or crooked.
- To cover a dental implant.
- To cover a tooth with a root canal treatment.
Are Cavities Possible with Crowns?
A crown is a long-lasting, strong cap that protects weak teeth from decay and infection. Patients thinking of other tooth restoration options may wonder if cavities might still develop after the crown has been placed.
The short is yes. Crowns are subject to cavities and decay. However, cavities can still occur around or under the dome. Plaque buildup is the main reason for this. It happens when you don’t brush your teeth properly, floss, or take care of your overall dental hygiene.
How long do dental crowns last?
It is worth noting that restorative dentistry is affected by grinding or clenching your teeth. Depending on your diet and your dental hygiene routine, your teeth might or might not wear down quickly. That being said, your crown’s life expectancy is significantly extended if you have good dental hygiene and sleep with a nightguard in case of bruxism.
Your crown’s longevity will also depend on where it is placed in your mouth. Some crowns last a lifetime, while others may need to be replaced. Your crown will last many decades if you practise good oral hygiene and avoid bad habits.
Are Braces Still Possible with Crowns?
Braces can still be obtained if you have previously had dental crowns. However, fitting braces on dental crowns is more challenging than on natural teeth. When considering having crowns placed in your orthodontic treatment, it is essential to let our expert evaluate everything.
How to Prevent Cavities When You Have a Crown
Crowns can last for many years, provided you take good care of them and have regular check-ups. Nevertheless, negligence and poor oral hygiene can damage even the best-quality crowns. Cleaning your teeth at least twice daily is crucial to preventing cavities from growing around dental restorations. You can also floss right after each meal to eliminate food particles.
Cavity prevention requires daily attention and care. Regular dental visits are a great way to prevent tooth decay. Our dentist can identify problems early using X-rays and other technologies. Crowns can be an excellent way to give your teeth strength, function support and aesthetic appeal if adequately maintained. Cyncoed Dental Practice in Cardiff has specialists who use their knowledge and the most up-to-date technology to restore your smile.