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What is a dental crown?

If one of your teeth is damaged or decayed, our dentists may recommend a dental crown in Amherst, New Hampshire. A dental crown, which is tooth shaped, is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. When cemented in place, the dental crown will cover and protect the entire visible part of the tooth.

When is a dental crown used?

Dental crowns can be used in a variety of situations. Our dentists may recommend a dental crown to:

  • Protect a tooth a weak tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Protect and support a tooth with a large dental filling
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Cover a badly stained tooth
  • Cover a dental implant

How do I care for a tooth with a dental crown?

A tooth with a dental crown does not require any special care. However, a tooth that is covered with a dental crown is not protected from decay or gum disease. Continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, taking extra care around the dental crown where the gum meets the tooth. Also, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once every day.

How long will my dental crown last?

Depending on how well you care for your dental crown, it can last between five and fifteen years.

We encourage you to contact New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry today to learn more about crowns and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.