A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that is designed to cover a tooth and restore its shape, size, and strength. A crown can completely cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, or it can cover a tooth when it’s broken or weakened.
What are the reasons for getting a dental crown?
Dental crowns are dental restorations that are designed to replace damaged natural teeth. They can be used to restore the appearance of your smile, as well as the function of your teeth.
A dental crown is used for a variety of reasons, including:
- To protect a weak or broken tooth
- To cover cosmetic flaws like cracks or an uneven shape
- To hold a dental bridge or implant in place
What are the different types of dental crowns?
The different types of dental crowns include:
- Metal crowns
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns
- All-resin crowns
- Porcelain crowns
- Ceramic crowns
- All-ceramic crowns
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
A dental crown is a custom-fitted restoration used to strengthen a damaged tooth or improve its appearance. Besides strengthening your damaged tooth, dental crowns can also help with:
- Decreasing tooth sensitivity
- Eliminating teeth grinding
- Hiding tooth discoloration
- Protecting a weak tooth from further damage
- Improving the appearance of your smile
- Supporting a large filling
Types of dental crowns
Dental crowns can be made from several types of materials, including porcelain, gold, or other metals. Every material has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Metal crowns are generally the least expensive option. They can be a good choice for teeth in the back of your mouth, but they may not be as attractive as a porcelain crown. Ceramic crowns offer a natural look. You can also choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown, which has a metal base with the porcelain applied over it.
How are dental crowns placed?
Dental crowns are custom-made to fit over the entire tooth from the gum lineup. Placing dental crowns is a multi-step process. The tooth or teeth being restored will be reshaped by the dentist, and a temporary crown will be worn while the permanent crown is being created. Once the permanent crown is ready, the patient will return to have the permanent crown placed.
What happens after the procedure?
Once the crown is in place, you must treat it just like a natural tooth. Be sure to brush and floss every day, avoid chewing hard foods, and avoid grinding your teeth at night. If you treat your crown properly, it can last for over a decade. If the crown does need to be replaced at some point, we can remove the old crown and place a new one.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns are a durable, long-lasting restoration option. However, they are not permanent. They can last for anywhere between five and 15 years.
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