Dr. Zirker and his team offer dental crowns to patients in the greater Idaho Falls area who may need to protect an existing tooth for aesthetic- or health-related purposes. We have multiple options to choose from.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a covering, or “cap,” that is placed over an existing tooth to improve its look, and function – and in some cases, its health. There are several types of crowns, including those made of metal, porcelain, resin and ceramic. Crowns can either be temporary or permanent, with the former variety usually only used until Dr. Zirker completes and installs the permanent crown, which can last up to 15 years.
Do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns serve many purposes, both cosmetic and functional. These include:
- Covering an unsightly, misshapen or discolored tooth
- Preventing a weak or decayed tooth from breaking
- Holding together a cracked tooth
- Restoring a broken or extremely worn-down tooth
- Restoring a tooth with little remaining material (e.g., from large fillings or cavities)
- Stabilizing a dental bridge
- Covering a dental implant
How do I take care of my dental crown?
Permanent dental crowns do not require intensive maintenance, but it is important to maintain healthy habits so they can last as long as possible. In addition to normal brushing and flossing habits, you should regularly use an antibacterial mouthwash and pay special attention to the area with the crown. Using a night guard while you sleep can also extend the crown’s lifespan, as clenching and grinding can wear them down or even disconnect them from the natural tooth.
If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns or schedule an appointment, call us today at (208) 528-7665.