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What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that protects and restores a tooth to its previous shape, size, strength, and appearance. When a dental crown is cemented into place, it covers the whole visible portion of a tooth.

When is a dental crown needed?
Dr. Carol Halloran may recommend a dental crown in Waterloo, Iowa, for one of several reasons, as a dental crown can do a number of things for a tooth. A crown can keep a weakened tooth from breaking as well as hold a cracked tooth together. If a tooth has already been broken or is severely worn down, a dental bridge can restore and protect it. A tooth with a large dental filling and not much structure left can be covered and supported by a dental crown. A dental crown can also cover badly misshaped or stained teeth.

How should I take care of my dental crown?
To care for your dental crown, simply care for it as you would your other teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Also, be sure to keep your professional cleaning appointments at our office. In addition, avoid behaviors like biting your fingernails, grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, and using your teeth to open things.

What is the life span of a dental crown?
Depending on how well you care for it, your dental crown can last between five and fifteen years.

Contact Crossroads Dental today to learn more and to schedule a consultation with our dentist.