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Dental crowns, though popular, are still widely obscure for many patients, who may be missing out on a useful tooth restoration. Your dentist can provide detailed and customized information about dental crowns. In the meantime, Dr. Bruce Speake is pleased to provide general answers to the three big questions about dental crowns.

What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are synthetic dental caps custom made to look like your teeth. A dental crown is cemented to the visible portion of a tooth to provide protection and restore size, shape, appearance, and strength.

When would I need a dental crown?
Dentists recommend dental crowns for several reasons, both functional and cosmetic. A dental crown can prevent weakened and cracked teeth from breaking, and protect and strengthen a worn-down or broken tooth. If a tooth has received a large dental filling but does not have sufficient tooth structure to support it, a dental crown can restore lost structure and strength. Dental crowns can also enhance any stained or badly misshaped teeth in your smile.

How can I care for a dental crown?
Your dental crown needs the same care as your natural teeth, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Protect your dental crown by avoiding damaging habits such as tooth grinding and clenching, chewing on ice or on your fingernail, and using your teeth to open packages and bottles. To ensure your dental crown has not been compromised, you should visit the dentist regularly for a dental cleaning.

If you would like to learn more about caring for dental crowns in Topeka, Kansas, or need to schedule a visit with Dr. Bruce Speake, contact the Bruce Speake DDS PA dental office by calling 785-267-6301 today.