For various reasons, including tooth decay or injuries, teeth can get damaged over time, eventually causing them to lose their shape or size. Thankfully, there are dental crowns, tooth-shaped caps cemented over your natural tooth to restore the damaged tooth’s shape, size, appearance, and strength. Your dentist will prepare the tooth that needs a crown by reducing it slightly smaller in width and height so that the crown can fit over the top, strengthening it, and giving it the form of a natural tooth.
There are various reasons for which your dentist may recommend a crown:
A crown not only improves the tooth’s appearance but also safeguards it against further damage and breakdown.
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, and the most popular dental crowns are:
● Metal Crowns
These are the strongest type of crowns available due to their 100% metal construction.
● Ceramic Crowns
Also known as all-porcelain crowns, these are very popular as they look like natural teeth.
● Porcelain Bonded Crowns
These are porcelain fused to metal crowns whose core is made of metal, and porcelain is layered over, giving the best of both worlds for strength.
● All-Resin Crowns
Made from composite resin material, these crowns are color-matched to your natural teeth. Although these are less expensive than others, they wear down easily over time.
In cases when a tooth is too damaged for a filling but not badly enough for a dental crown, a dental restoration called onlay is selected. Onlays fall somewhere between a filling and a crown that heal large cavities while preserving the maximum amount of the natural tooth structure possible. It is a custom-made restoration that doesn’t cover as much of your underlying tooth as the traditional crown. For this reason, they are also known as partial crowns.
A crowned tooth does not necessitate any special attention. The underlying tooth, however, must be kept free of decay and gum disease. You should continue to maintain proper dental hygiene habits like brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, especially at the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.
Dental crowns generally last between five to 15 years. The amount of wear and tear a crown is exposed to, as well as your mouth-related habits like clenching or grinding your teeth and how well you follow oral hygiene routines, can all affect its lifespan.
Dr. Knaysi, DDS, offers comprehensive dental care services, including dental crown procedures at Henrico, VA. For more details and appointments, call us at (804) 282-6005, book online, or visit us at 8921 Three Chopt Rd #304, Henrico, VA 23229.