If you've had a root canal or another restorative procedure, your tooth may need to be covered up. One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is using crowns, and your dentist in River Forest and Chicago, IL, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch, offer crowns and can tell you more about the benefits of crowns.
During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth.
More About Crowns
Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your River Forest and Chicago dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used for attaching bridges, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated, covering dental implants and covering stained, or discolored teeth. Crowns reinforce teeth to help with withstanding various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.
Dental Crown Care
It goes without saying that you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss before bed. It's important to remove plaque to reduce the chances of cavity formation that deteriorates natural teeth and crowns. Some people suffer from bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding. Teeth grinding reduces crown lifespan, so make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard, or splints. Your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. Eat healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet. Water washes away food debris that may get stuck between teeth.
For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch in River Forest and Chicago, IL, as soon as possible.