In simple terms, a dental crown is a cap that covers the tooth. Many patients have crowns for a number of reasons, such as strengthening their teeth, as well as restoring their size, shape, and appearance. Once done, the crown fully covers the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed?
Dental crowns can be used to fix a tooth that has been weakened due to decay or other damage. Or it may be to cover a tooth that has been broken or worn down.
Moreover, it can also hold a dental bridge in place or to cover severely discoloured teeth. Patients who get dental implants commonly get a crown as well. Other patients have crowns to cover misshapen teeth.
Dental crowns and caps aren’t just for adults—children may have them on teeth that have been damaged by severe decay and cannot hold a filling.
Types of Available Crowns
Permanent crowns can be made from a number of materials. These include:
This is typically a temporary measure while a more permanent crown is being made. This is also normally used on children, since the crown comes out once their permanent teeth come in.
This can include gold and other metal-based alloys such as nickel and chromium. One of the advantages of this material is that less tooth structure needs to be removed and there’s less wear-and-tear on the opposing teeth due to biting and chewing. They’re also highly resilient and will stand up to damage. These are recommended for teeth that are out of sight, such as molars.
These are less expensive but are prone to wearing down quickly so are usually only for temporary situations.
Combination Metal and Porcelain
These crowns are best for situations where strength is needed from the metal, but it may be on a visible tooth so covering the metal with porcelain gives a cosmetic result.
All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain
These are best for people who have metal allergies or just want a natural look, making them the top choice for people looking to get crowns or caps on visible teeth.
These are typically placed on a patient’s teeth while they are waiting for the permanent crown to be made. Your dentist makes the temporary crown in their office while the permanent one is made in a dental laboratory.
As a dentist who provides dental crowns in Etobicoke, Princeview Dental takes you through every step of the process; from the initial consultation to actually placing the crown on your tooth. We advise you on your best options as well as the material that best fits your budget.
We offer a conveniently located office on Bloor Street West that’s easily reachable. For more information, we welcome you to browse through our web site.