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If you have a weak, misshapen, or discolored tooth, your dentist may recommend getting a dental crown. Here are some basic things to know about dental crowns, to help you make your decision.

A dental crown can protect and restore a tooth. It covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, and will give the tooth its proper shape, size, strength, and general appearance. The crown is placed over the existing tooth; the tooth itself is not usually removed.

Dr. Robert J Land may recommend a crown for any one of a multitude of reasons, because crowns are very versatile. In terms of strength, a crown can support a weak tooth, hold a cracked or broken tooth together, or even fortify the structure of a tooth with a large dental filling. A dental crown can also be used more aesthetically, covering up poorly shaped or discolored teeth.

Caring for dental crowns is easy, because you follow the same routine as you do for your natural teeth: brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each time. Remember that dental crowns, like teeth, are designed for biting and chewing food. Avoid behaviors such as clenching or grinding your teeth, biting fingernails, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open things.

Take care of your crown, and it can last you for up to 15 years. Remember to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings. To schedule an appointment in Yuma, Arizona, call Robert J Land, DDS at 928-726-1700. Dr. Robert J Land and our team look forward to seeing you!