- A dental crown is a cap made from metal, porcelain, ceramic, or another type of material to strengthen a tooth that has been damaged. It is also used for restoring a tooth that has been lost.
- To have your crown made, your dentist will first take an impression. When the crown has been created, the dentist will cement it onto the tooth to keep it in place and restore your smile.
- The other restorative dentistry options available to repair a damaged tooth include tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding.
- However, a dental crown is used when the damage is too severe for either of these options.
TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS
Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns
Because porcelain and ceramic crowns provide the ability to match the natural color of the tooth, they are most commonly used for repairing teeth that are visible when you smile. This is a great option for patients with metal sensitivities or patients looking for a cost-effective, natural looking solution. However, compared to metal crowns they can fracture easily and cause damage to adjacent teeth.
Porcelain-fused to Metal Crowns
A porcelain-fused to metal crown involves layers of porcelain over a metal base. This is a great option for patients that want the strength of a metal crown but the look of a natural tooth. It is a strong, durable, cost-effective, and long-lasting solution for patients with weak or worn teeth.
Zirconia crowns are made from the metal zirconium, a white crystalline oxide. Zirconia is stronger than porcelain and bonds similarly to the tooth as metal crowns. It is a strong solution that can be colored to match the natural look of your teeth. However, it does have drawbacks for patients with metal sensitivities.
Maintaining Your Crown
Although crowns can weaken or fall out, depending on the option you choose and if they are properly maintained, crowns can last you for many years. The best way to maintain your dental restoration is following good oral hygiene by:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouth wash
- Visiting DENTIST for regular checkups every six months