A dental crown is a cap surrounding the tooth and is used to improve the appearance of a smile while restoring a damaged tooth. A crown can be made from three different materials, all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic. The location of the crown on the teeth will determine the best material to use.
Why Do You Need Dental Crowns?
You might need a dental crown for multiple reasons, including:
- Protection of a weak tooth (possibly cavities) from breaking or holding the weak tooth together if parts of it are cracked
- Restoration of a broken tooth or a very worn tooth
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling and there isn’t much of a tooth left
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, a dental implant, or a tooth that has been treated with root canal procedure
Types Of Dental Crowns
There are mainly four types of dental crowns:
- Temporary Crown: As the name indicates, a temporary crown will stay in your mouth only for a short time. The dentist will attach it to your tooth with an adhesive that comes off easily, so it won’t be as strong as a permanent crown. This is done while you are waiting for a permanent crown to be made. The permanent crown will be placed on your tooth during a second appointment.
- Permanent Crown: Unlike temporary crowns, permanent crowns come in a variety of relatively better materials, including gold, ceramic, stainless steel, and even porcelain. As the name suggests, they are designed to be a permanent solution, so they will not need to be replaced for a period of 5-15 years after installation. Strong bonding cement will be applied to ensure that the crowns remain intact. But the dentist will make sure to match the color of the crown to the rest of the teeth to give it a natural look.
- One Day Crown: Some dental practices offer same-day crown installation using one of several methods that involve computer-aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Your new crown is designed and machined from a block of ceramic directly in the office.
- Onlay or 3/4 Crown: Some crowns only cover part of the tooth. If you don’t need a full crown, your dentist may suggest an onlay or 3/4 crown instead.
Results with Dental Crowning
Dental crowns are one of the best ways to cover your broken tooth or cover and support a tooth with a large filling and enhance your smile.