- A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. It’s cemented into place and fully encases the original tooth.
- The different types of crowns mainly revolve around what type of material they are made from: metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, all-ceramic, or all-porcelain.
- You’ll need to separate appointments for the crown. First to examine and restore the tooth. The second appointment will be when the crown is installed.
- People with a dental crown are expected to follow the same good oral hygiene practices in order to prevent decay and gum disease.
While they are often hidden in our mouth, our teeth are one of the most prominent features of our body. We flash them every time we smile or talk, then of course we use them every day, all day long in order to eat. Needless to say, they are quite important! This is why it’s imperative we take good care of them.
Unfortunately, because we use our teeth so much, they go through a lot of wear and tear which can result in damage. Thankfully, just because a tooth is damaged doesn’t mean it’s gone! In some cases, dentists are able to salvage the tooth by using a dental crown. These are used to restore a tooth’s shape, appearance, and function. Before getting one, take a moment to read up on some basic need-to-know details about dental crowns…
Why Do I Need a Crown?
While our teeth are very strong, they are susceptible to damage. This can happen for a variety of different reasons including tooth decay, injury, or just everyday wear and tear. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. It’s cemented into place and fully encases the original tooth.
The same source goes on to explain who typically receives a dental crown. They are used to protect a weak (possibly decaying) tooth from breaking, cracking, or if it’s already cracked. It can restore a broken tooth or one that is severely worn down. A crown can hold a dental bridge in place, cover and support a tooth with a large filling, cover a dental implant, a misshapen or severely discolored tooth, as well as one that has been treated with a root canal.