Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are used to restore damaged teeth to a healthy level of functioning by protecting them from further harm. Crowns are able to protect a cracked or extremely decayed tooth. They can serve to restore a tooth’s strength, size, shape, and overall appearance.
Dental crowns differ from veneers in that a veneer only covers the front of a tooth, while a crown covers the entire tooth, thus offering more protection.
In the past, most dental crowns were made of metal materials. These metal materials often discolored the gum area around the crown and were quite obvious in a person’s mouth.
Advantages of Dental Crowns:
• Dental crowns are made to match the color of your teeth
• They are very natural looking
• Comfortable and safe
Uses of Dental Crowns:
• Offer support to a tooth with a large filling
• Protect a weak tooth from further damage and breaking
• Restore a broken or cracked tooth
• Cover a badly discolored or misshapen tooth
• Cover a dental implant
Types of Dental Crowns:
Porcelain-fused-to-metal are very strong and durable crowns. All-porcelain crowns are thinner and suitable for areas of the mouth that are not used as frequently in biting and chewing.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Crown?
Getting a crown usually requires two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will make impressions, or molds, of the tooth that is to be covered by the crown.
The tooth is fitted with a temporary crown between visits while the new crown is being constructed. Any decay is removed from the affected tooth. It is then accurately shaped to fit the new crown.
During the second appointment, the tooth is cleaned and fitted with the new crown.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. With the right kind of care, they can last indefinitely. Proper care involves regular checkups and exams as well as keeping the crown clean and free of plaque by practicing good oral hygiene habits.