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Your dentist may have recommended a dental crown to you if you have a misshapen, discolored, or weak tooth. Here are some basic things to know before getting a dental crown.

A dental crown can protect and restore a tooth, and covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. It is cemented in place over the existing tooth and will give the tooth its proper size, shape, strength, and appearance.

A crown can serve many purposes. It can strengthen a weak tooth, hold a cracked or broken tooth together, or even secure the structure of a tooth with a large dental filling. A dental crown can also serve you aesthetically, covering up discolored or poorly shaped teeth.

Conveniently, dental crowns are cared for in the same way as your natural teeth, and require no special treatment. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each time, and come in for professional cleanings twice a year. Remember, going through your day-to-day, that teeth and crowns are designed for biting and chewing food; avoid behaviors such as biting fingernails, clenching your teeth, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open things.

Your crown can last up to 15 years, if you take care of it. Remember to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings! To schedule an appointment in The Woodlands, Texas, call North Forest Family Dental Care at 936-271-3338. Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue and our team look forward to seeing you!