What Are Dental Crowns?

Is your smile making you unhappy? Do you suffer from nagging oral discomfort that prevents you from living life to the fullest? Procedures like tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, and root canal therapy can protect the root, but the tooth can only withstand so many repairs, so a dental crown may be the right option for some.

Types of Crowns:

Unless you’ve had a crown placed before, you probably aren’t familiar with the different types of crowns available and may be thinking, “what is a crown?!” Crowns are teeth caps that can be made from several materials and are designed to protect damaged or weakened teeth. Your dentist may give you a list of options for making your dental crown, including:

  • Porcelain & ceramic– Both of these options are visually appealing because they give patients the closest match to their natural teeth but may not be as durable as other crowns.
  • Metal-alloy – A mixed-metal crown typically consisting of gold and another metal compound such as silver, platinum, copper, or tin.
  • Porcelain-metal fusion– These provide a stronger bond than regular porcelain. They are frequently used by dentists because of their longevity, and because they combine the strength of a metal base with the aesthetic appeal of a porcelain surface.
  • Resin– Composite resin crowns offer a more inexpensive option, at least initially. These crowns bear a striking resemblance to natural teeth but may wear down quicker than other crowns if not properly cared for.
  • BruxZir– These types of crowns are created from the highest quality Japanese zirconia. Unlike other restoration processes, BruxZir has improved light transmission, providing a more natural shade and realistic appearance.

Do I Need a Crown?

In addition to offering durable protection, dental crowns are recommended for the treatment of fractured or cracked teeth, as well as to help hold a dental bridge in place. Crowns are also used to cover discolored or misshaped teeth.

Are you wondering “do I need crowns?” If you are, here are some of the most common reasons a crown might be needed:

  • Protecting & restoring broken teeth
  • Holding a dental bridge in place
  • Covering a discolored tooth
  • Covering dental implants
  • Restoring a filling
  • Protecting the tooth & root structure after root canal therapy
  • Closing gaps in teeth

Getting Your Crown

A crown requires a few minimally invasive procedures that will quickly address your dental issues. First, we will place a cap over the injured tooth, which helps return its shape, strength, and appearance. After that, impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory where your crown will be created.

While you are waiting for your new crown, your dentist will make a temporary one and insert it in the affected area. When the new crown arrives, the temporary crown will be removed, and the new crown will take its place!

Dental Crown Aftercare

Once the crown is in place, be sure to maintain proper dental care. While a crown restores a tooth and bolsters its defenses against wear and tear, no tooth is indestructible. With proper care, however, a quality crown can last almost a decade. In addition, be wary of other behaviors that might damage the dental crown, such as jaw clenching, bruxism (teeth grinding), and eating hard, brittle foods.


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