Dental crowns are a great restorative dental treatment for patients with worn and damaged teeth. Crowns can also cap dental implants to create a functional, natural-looking restoration. If you’re interested in dental crowns and want to learn more, read the answers to FAQs about dental crowns. We welcome our patients to discover more information about restorative care with dental crowns in our Cockeysville, MD, dental office.
Dental Crowns in Cockeysville, MD
Read answers to commonly asked questions about dental crowns to learn more:
Do I need a porcelain crown or a metal crown?
We recommend modern porcelain dental crowns over metal crowns. Traditional metal crowns benefit patients with damaged molars by adding strength to the back teeth. There is some risk of corrosion with metal crowns, and they do not blend in with natural teeth, which is why we recommend porcelain crowns.
How long do dental crowns last?
With the right care, tooth crowns can last 15 to 30 years. Make sure that you brush and floss your natural teeth and dental crowns daily. Do not use toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients like charcoal or baking soda. Additionally, you can brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Gently brushing and flossing benefits not only your natural teeth but your crowns as well. Brushing crowns also
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
The best candidates for dental crown treatment only have cosmetic dental issues. We do not recommend crowns if patients have bite disorders like TMD, which can damage the crowns. Additionally, crowns are not ideal for patients who have signs of gum disease or tooth decay. We will need to address any outstanding dental problems before we provide patients with restorations like dental crowns.
Patients with smaller areas of damage benefit more from veneers or dental bonding treatment. We may recommend a dental crown if patients have large chips, cracks, and fractures in their enamel.
How long does it take to get used to dental crowns?
It can take two weeks for dental crowns to settle. After that time, patients will notice that their crowns will function and feel like natural teeth. Patients will also find it simpler to eat harder or chewier foods after they get used to their crowns.
Is a dental crown a dental cap?
Yes, a tooth crown and cap are the same things. Dental crowns fully cover teeth and protect them from further damage. Crowns can also create a more balanced smile for patients with tooth wear.
Can dental crowns get infected?
While crowns themselves cannot get infections or cavities, the teeth beneath crowns can be affected if the crown is loose. We ask patients to contact our office as soon as they notice a change in their dental crowns. Loose crowns can leave teeth prone to infection or decay if bacteria can accumulate beneath the crown.
Are you interested in dental crown treatment? Schedule your next dental visit at Valley Dental Health in Hunt Valley, MD. You can also call our office for a dental crown consultation today at 410.803.5587.