• Crowns are a custom-fit solution for teeth that have become weak or need improvement for aesthetic reasons. A crown is placed on top of a tooth and encases the exterior in order to achieve a better appearance. 

    When are Crowns Needed?

    Crowns are often necessary or desired in these instances:

    • When a tooth has cracked, worn down, or has extreme decay, a crown may be applied for protection.
    • Supporting a tooth with a large filling.
    • Holding a bridge into position.
    • Covering a tooth with discoloration or a bad shape.
    • Topping an implant.

    Different Types of Crowns

    When you have a weakened tooth, there are a number of crowns available. Learning about the variety of materials will help to determine which is best for you.

    Stainless Steel

    A stainless steel crown is usually temporary. While a permanent crown is crafted, a dentist will often cover the affected tooth with a stainless steel crown. Sometimes, a crown is used to cover a baby tooth that has suffered extreme decay, the crown keeps further problems from occurring. When the child naturally loses the tooth, the crown will come off with it and leave room for the new healthy tooth to come in. Generally, a stainless steel crown does not require multiple office visits and costs less than other options.

    Metal

    Some crowns are made from metal alloys. Most commonly, they are made from cobalt-chromium. Metal crowns can best withstand the force and pressure of biting and chewing. They are less likely to erode as well. Since they rarely break or chip, many patients choose metal crowns. However, some people do not like the metallic appearance, so they choose to use metal crowns for back molars that are out of sight.

    Porcelain Fused to Metal

    If you are worried that a crown will stand out in your mouth, you may wish to consider this option. Porcelain fused to metal can be perfectly matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. Unfortunately, more wear occurs to opposing teeth. Also, porcelain is known to chip more easily than other crown-making materials. However, it provides the closest look to a regular tooth than an all-ceramic crown. It is essential to take good care of your gums with this type of crown. The metal beneath the porcelain exterior may show as a dark line at the base, which becomes more evident if the gums recede. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are often used for front teeth and bridges so that adequate strength is provided and the color matches the other teeth surrounding them.

    Resin

    These crowns are an affordable alternative to others. However, they tend to fracture and wear over time.

    All Ceramic or All Porcelain

    These dental crowns offer the ultimate natural color. They work perfectly for individuals who have metal allergies as well. Again, they may not hold up as well as metal crowns.

    Temporary Versus Permanent Crowns

    Temporary crowns are created in your dentist’s office. Most permanent crowns are crafted in a laboratory. Many temporary fixtures are acrylic-based and are kept in place until a permanent one is available.

    How Long do Dental Crowns Last?

    With proper care, you can expect your crown to last up to 15 years. It is important to practice a good oral care routine and avoid habits like grinding teeth or biting tough objects (i.e. ice).

    If you would like more information about crowns, our office is ready to help. We offer high-quality dental care, and each patient will always receive personalized care in a relaxed environment. Contact us today to learn more about crowns and other dental procedures.