A dental crown is a cap or covering that covers the clinical crown, which is the visible section of the tooth above the gum line. It is shaped like a tooth to give the illusion of an undamaged tooth. It is also permanently glued to the tooth, allowing it to operate similarly to a real tooth. If one or more teeth are missing, a bridge may be indicated. Dental crowns or bridges are usually made from porcelain, metal, or resin, depending on the doctor and the reason for wearing a crown.
Many different people might need to wear a crown. Doctors can recommend crowns when tooth decay is so bad that the tooth cannot be saved with just filling. It can also be worn to protect a damaged tooth or to cover up cracks or damage. Other purposes of wearing a crown are covering an implant, a discolored or de-shaped tooth, or covering up a root canal filling.
Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, but they can come loose or fall out at any time. The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your crown or bridge is to keep your mouth clean. If the teeth or bones that keep the bridge in place are destroyed by dental disease, the bridge may lose its support. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.