2017-11-30 / Guest Column

VIEWS ON DENTAL HEALTH

To Crown Or Not To Crown
GARY S. RAFAL, D. D. S.

If you have a tooth that is so badly damaged or decayed that a simple filling will not protect it adequately, your dentist will probably recommend that it be crowned.

He may also recommend a crown if the tooth has already had several fillings that are badly worn and the tooth is in danger of fracturing.

One of the advantages of crowning a tooth is that it completely encircles the tooth, giving it full support. Another reason is to improve the appearance of your teeth.

There are many materials available that can be used to give a crowned tooth a natural look as well as superior strength.

Once a tooth has been crowned, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene and have regular checkups to protect the tooth from decay.

Like other restorations, crowns will eventually show signs of wear. Depending on the type of material used, crowns will usually last a long time before they need to be repaired or replaced.

From the office of Dr. Gary S. Rafal, 9915 Seaview Avenue. 718-763-7799.

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