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Health

3 things to know about crowns

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You’ve probably heard a friend or family member mention a trip to the dentist to get a dental crown.

Crowns are one of the most common tooth restoration options, and today's porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth.

Here are 3 things to know about crowns:

1. Crowns are permanent.

Unlike dentures which can be removed, crowns are permanent. Crowns are typically made from porcelain, providing a solid, strong, and stable foundation.

In most cases, they are either placed directly over an old tooth, or they are placed with an abutment on top of a recently placed dental implant.

Your crowns or dental bridge should last 20-plus years, but it all comes down to good oral hygiene. Remember to visit your dentist every six months for your routine cleaning!

2. Crowns offer protection and restoration for your teeth.

A crown may be the perfect option to help you fix your cracked, chipped, broken, or lost teeth. A crown can cover a tooth that has become discolored, cover an odd-shaped tooth or cover a dental implant after restoration.

Grinding teeth puts a lot of wear and tear on your teeth over time. Wear can also come from acid reflux, an acidic diet, and drinking soda. Excess wear strips the enamel, leaving shorter, softer teeth. A crown can protect teeth from further wear and restore your smile.

3. Receiving crowns usually requires multiple appointments.

The process of receiving a crown usually requires two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will give you an oral examination and make an impression of your damaged tooth. The crown is made using this impression.

At the second appointment, your dentist permanently bonds your crown into place. Crowns help you chew better and smile confidently. With the help of Shining Smiles, you'll soon enjoy the benefits of a restored smile.

Shining Smiles: 110 N. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435, 815.310.3220, www.shiningsmiles.com