A dental crown acts as a real tooth, but unlike a dental implant that extends into the root, a dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over your tooth to restore it.
How is a Dental Crown Secured?
A crown is cemented into place, covering the entirety of your tooth right to the gum line, appearing quite natural if done correctly.
Why Would One Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are suggested to patients who have weak teeth due to decay, who have had large fillings, or to restore a broken or worn down teeth.
A crown is also utilized to hold a dental bridge into place, and to cover dental implants.
As well, crowns are used for cosmetic purposes to restore an individuals smile, whether fixing mildly crooked teeth, or improving the colour appearance of their smile overall.
What Material is a Dental Crown Made Of?
Permanent crowns are made from a variety of materials, which include: stainless steel, gold, porcelain fused onto metal, resin or ceramic materials.
How Is the Dental Crown Material Chosen?
Depending on the reason for the crown, the dental crown material will be chosen to correct the concern.
For children with large cavities in baby teeth, often a stainless steel crown is placed over them to minimize the dental procedure, keeping further decay from happening without having a permanent “silver tooth” in their mouth – as it will fall out once the adult teeth arrive.
Others might choose a gold crown for cosmetic reasons, while those who simply want a natural smile will opt for porcelain fused onto metal, resin or ceramic materials.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Your dental crown should last between 5-15 years, and will depend on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to, which is largely based on where the crown has been placed. Back molars are used more than front teeth, so these crowns will not likely last as long.
What is the Procedure Involved in a Dental Crown?
The procedure begins by trimming the tooth, then taking an impression (mold) of the top and bottom teeth, then a crown is fabricated to fit over the trimmed tooth and lastly, the crown is then cemented or bonded to complete the restoration of the tooth.
All this is done by a DentistsRUs trained dental professionals with the latest dental techniques and comfort in mind. We are here to help ensure your oral care is addressed, so let us know how we can meet your dental needs and have you smiling beautifully for spring!