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Dental crowns are one of the most useful and cosmetic dental restorations available, but many patients do not have the level of knowledge needed to determine if a dental crown is right for them. Dr. Ryan D. Sparks offers general answers to the three dental crown questions you should ask a dentist.

What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover a tooth to protect and restore its previous strength, size, shape, and appearance. One cemented into your smile, a dental crown covers the entire portion of a tooth that is above the gum line.

How do I know if I need a dental crown?
Our dentist may recommend a dental crown for several reasons because dental crowns are extremely versatile. For example, a crown can prevent breakage in a weakened tooth or keep a cracked tooth whole. If you have a broken or severely worn-down tooth, a dental crown can provide strength and protection. If you have received a large dental filling but do not have much structure remaining, what is left of the tooth can be capped and supported by a crown. Dental crowns are also highly efficient in covering stained or badly misshaped teeth.

How should I take care of my dental crown?
Care for your dental crown as you would your natural teeth by brushing it twice a day and flossing gently around the crown daily. Be sure to visit Ryan D. Sparks, DMD regularly for professional dental cleanings, as well as avoid harmful habits such as grinding your teeth, chewing on your fingernail or ice cubes, and opening packaging with your teeth.

To learn more about dental crowns in Corvallis, Oregon, and schedule your next dental appointment, contact our dedicated dental team at 541-754-9322 today!