By Dr. Ron Nichols, DDS
January 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsRestore your smile and improve your oral health with help from dental crowns.

Whether you’ve just undergone root canal treatment or you cracked a tooth on something you ate, chances are good that you’ll need to get a dental crown. Our Hacienda Heights, CA, family dentist Dr. Ron Nichols will be able to examine your smile and determine if crowns can help you.

So, what is the purpose of a dental crown?

A crown is a hollow restoration that is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. It covers a tooth all the way to the gum line to restore functionality and aesthetics while preserving the natural tooth structure after decay or an injury.

After all, it’s important to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, and dental crowns can offer the protection the damaged tooth needs to prevent the tooth from getting weaker over time.

When is a dental crown placed?

There are many scenarios in which our Hacienda Heights, CA, dentist will recommend getting a dental crown. Your smile may benefit from a dental crown if:

  • You have a large filling that can no longer support a tooth
  • You have a weak tooth
  • You have a tooth that is damaged by severe decay
  • You have a cracked or fractured tooth
  • You need root canal therapy
  • You have a malformed or discolored tooth (for cosmetic purposes)
  • You are getting a dental implant or dental bridge to replace a missing tooth

While dental crowns are often used for restorative reasons, this doesn’t mean that crowns can’t also offer amazing cosmetic benefits, as well. So if you have a tooth that may be misshapen or aesthetically flawed, not only will a dental crown re-strengthen the tooth but also it will improve its overall appearance.

How long do crowns last?

The average lifespan of a dental crown ranges from 5 to 15 years. Of course, some patients have been able to maintain crowns for up to two decades or more. The longevity of your crown will depend on you and how well you maintain your new restoration. Maintaining good oral hygiene, visiting us every six months for checkups and cleanings, and avoiding certain bad habits that could damage your crowns could improve the lifespan of your dental restoration.

Whether you are dealing with a dental issue that might benefit from dental crowns or you have questions about the different restorative dentistry options we offer in Hacienda Heights, CA, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nichols to find out how we can help you.