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If you have a discolored, misshapen, or weak tooth, your dentist may recommend getting a dental crown. Here are some basics about dental crowns to aid you in making your decision.

A dental crown protects and restores your tooth. It covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, giving the tooth its proper size, shape, strength, and appearance. The crown is cemented in place over the top of the existing tooth (the tooth itself is not usually removed).

A dental crown may be recommended for any one of a multitude of reasons, as crowns can serve many purposes for a tooth. A crown can strengthen a weak tooth, hold a cracked tooth together, or strengthen the structure of a tooth with a large dental filling. A dental crown can also be chosen for more aesthetic purposes, covering up poorly shapen or discolored teeth.

Take care of your crowns the same way you take care of your natural teeth: brush for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each time. Also remember 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.

If you take care of your crown, it can last you up to 15 years. Remember to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings! To schedule an appointment in Las Vegas, Nevada, call Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics at 702-254-8858. Dr. Carla LaLande and our team look forward to seeing you!