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What is a dental crown?
If one of your teeth is decayed or damaged, Dr. John Bosak, Jr. may recommend a dental crown in Granada Hills, California. A dental crown, which is tooth shaped, is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. When cemented in place, the dental crown will cover and protect the entire visible part of the tooth.

When might our dentist recommend a dental crown?
There are many situations in which our dentist may recommend a dental crown. A crown can help in situations like the following:

– Protecting a tooth from breaking or holding a cracked tooth together
– Restoring a broken or worn down tooth
– Supporting a tooth with a large filling and not much remaining tooth structure
– Anchoring a dental bridge
– Covering a misshapen or badly stained tooth
– Improving the appearance of a tooth

How long will my dental crown last?
Dental crowns usually last from 5 to 15 years. How long your dental crown lasts will depend on how much wear and tear the crown is subjected to as well as how well you practice dental hygiene. Your mouth-related habits can negatively affect your dental crown. Avoid the following habits:

– Grinding your teeth
– Clenching your teeth
– Chewing ice
– Biting fingernails
– Opening packages with your teeth

How do I care for a tooth with a dental crown?
A tooth with a dental crown does not require any extra care. However, a tooth that is covered with a dental crown is not protected from decay or gum disease. Continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, taking extra care around the dental crown where the gum meets the tooth. Also, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once every day.

We encourage you to call our dental office at 818-368-5676 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.