A dental crown is an incredible restoration because it restores badly damaged and diseased teeth to their proper shape and size. With a crown, patients with severely affected teeth can enjoy renewed and comfortable oral function. Since our dentists utilize very strong bonding agents to place a crown over a tooth and because a crown is made specifically for a patient, those with crowns will be able to eat all types of food without discomfort or obstruction.
What is a crown exactly?
More extensive than a filling or inlay, a crown is a custom restoration that is tooth-shaped in appearance and fits over the entire tooth above the gums. Essentially, a dental crown is a permanent cap. Not only will a dental crown cover a tooth so that a patient can eat comfortably, it will protect what’s left of biological tooth structure from further damage or decay. The placement of a crown can prevent the need for root canal treatment and surgical extractions.
What makes up a dental crown?
A dental crown can be made from a few types of materials. The most popular are precious metals, porcelain, zirconium, or a combination of porcelain laid over metal. The type of materials used will depend on the patient’s needs and budget as well as what is recommended by your dentist.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns can last for long periods of time. This is because they are made from durable materials to exact specifications so that they fit in between teeth properly and restore a patient’s occlusion. A crown is not indestructible, however, and it may fall out or break over time. Fortunately, old crowns can be replaced.
What is the difference between a temporary crown and permanent one?
A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and restore oral function while a patient waits for their custom, permanent crown to be made. Since crowns are highly customized, they are crafted in dental laboratories by trained technicians.
To learn more about restorations or to schedule an appointment, call our office to reserve an appointment with our experienced dental team.