A dental crown is a “cap” that is shaped like a tooth and is placed over the top of an existing tooth. Dental crowns are commonly used to strengthen damaged teeth. They are also used after root canal procedures where much of the natural tooth is damaged and cannot be salvaged with a filling. A dental crown can even be placed over an imperfect tooth to improve its appearance.  

While crowns are very beneficial in a variety of dental applications, they can sometimes cause problems if they are not placed properly by a skilled dentist or cared for adequately by the patient. Here are three common issues people have with dental crowns.  

1.       Tooth Decay  
Many people erroneously think they do not need to take care of their dental crowns because they are not real teeth. However, it actually becomes more important to take care of crowns, because although they are not real and cannot decay, the teeth beneath them can. Plaque tends to collect between the spaces where the crown meets with the natural tooth, so it is very important to floss and brush thoroughly around crowns.  

 2.       Discoloration  
 If a crown is not carefully color-matched to the surrounding teeth, it can appear discolored. An experienced dentist will keep this from happening by ensuring that the crown matches the appearance of surrounding teeth. If you do receive one or more crowns, you should know that they do not respond to teeth whitening treatments like regular teeth. So, if you are thinking about whitening your teeth, you may want to do so before your crown is placed.  

3.       The Crown Comes Off  
In some cases, a crown can come off after it is placed. This is usually because the cement or the core fails. If this happens to you, keep the crown and take it with you to the dentist as soon as possible.  

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Crowns serve an important function and help patients regain full dental function. To learn more about the benefits and potential issues associated with dental crowns in Saratoga Springs, NY, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Moskowitz by calling Springs Dental.