Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that are fixed into place on a tooth to protect it, restoring its natural size and shape. They give it strength and make it look natural.

Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Crowns are helpful in a wide range of situations, including:

If your tooth has decayed and is weak, a crown will give it shape and strength, letting you chew comfortably and safely.

If your tooth is cracked or in danger of breaking, the crown holds it together, making it function effectively.

If you tooth has a large size filling and there isn’t much of the original tooth left, the crown will keep it strong enough so you can chew your food.

Crowns are used to hold dental bridges in the correct position.

If a tooth is severely stained or it has major problems with its shape, a crown is a cosmetic fix that will make it look more natural.

Sometimes crowns are used to cover implants.

If you have had a root canal, it is routine to encase the tooth with a crown.

How Do I Care for a Crown?

The crown itself doesn’t need special care. However, it does not protect the underlying tooth from the chance of decay and cavities. You still need to brush your teeth regularly, floss daily and get regular checkups. Flossing is especially important around the gum line of the crown.

It is a good idea not to chomp down on hard food with a crowned tooth. Examples of food to avoid on that tooth would include popcorn balls and ice. The result might be a cracked porcelain crown.

What Are Crowns Made Of?

Dental Crowns In Anchorage AlaskaThe most common material for a permanent crown is porcelain fused to metal or an all ceramic crown. Metals are also used.

Here is an overview of the most common materials.

Metal. This usually means gold alloy, although palladium or base metal alloys like chromium or nickel are also used. The advantages are that less of the nearby tooth needs to be removed before inserting a metal crown. And the tooth wear experienced by the opposing teeth is minimal.

Metal withstands the impact of chewing well, lasting the longest of all materials. They are strong and resist chipping and breaking.

The big drawback is the color. They work best on molars and other back teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal. These are excellent choices for front teeth because they can be made in colors and shadings that match the rest of your teeth.

They have several downsides. The opposing teeth experience more wear with porcelain. They tend to chip and crack more than other materials. Over time, the porcelain can wear away, letting the metal show through, destroying the look of all-natural teeth.

All resin. These crowns are the least expensive choice. The downside is how quickly, comparative speaking, that they wear down. They also tend to break more often than porcelain fused to metal crowns.

All ceramic or all porcelain. These match your teeth well, making them an excellent choice for front teeth. They are also the best choice for anyone with an allergy to metal. However, they wear down more quickly than porcelain fused to metal, and cause wear on opposing teeth.

Temporary crowns. These are used on your teeth until the permanent ones are ready. They are usually made of acrylic or stainless steel. They are strictly for short term use.

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