Dental crowns cover and protect natural teeth. We use crowns for a variety of reasons at Planes Dental Arts. Dr. Planes will help you understand how to care for your crown so that it can last as long as possible.View transcript
Dental crowns are basically a way to protect a tooth. We use it in big leaking amalgams, or failing amalgams, or failing restorations. And basically, what we do is we prep the tooth, and we give it sufficient support, which is then protected by a porcelain crown to give that tooth the longevity it needs to stay there a lot longer without compromising the root or the clinical crown of the tooth. I would have to say that anyone that completely needs a restoration is available to receive a crown. I wouldn't say there's one candidate better than the other. You would have to obviously have good oral hygiene to take care of it. But nowadays, with the ways that we work co-handily with the labs, there's always a way to sit and have a crown that fits perfectly to the patient's mouth. There's really no alternative for a dental crown. When you need a crown, you basically need a crown, you know. At that point, you can either extract the tooth and do a dental implant, but if you can save the tooth, I always recommend saving the tooth. There's no such thing as a replacement for an actual tooth at this point. A crown does entitle special care. You have to be able to floss. You have to be able to clean it properly. You definitely want to be able to brush, and you have to give it the routine maintenance, you know. A lot of people have a misconception, they get a crown and there's no tooth underneath. You still have your tooth underneath, so that has to be taken care of just like you will be taking care of your regular tooth for example.