Dental Crowns & Caps
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Who needs Dental Crowns?
Teeth can become damaged in many ways. Whether it’s through decay, an injury, or simply wearing down over time, your teeth may lose their shape and size. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth, covering the visible portion to protect it and restore the proper shape. They may be made from several different materials, including metal and porcelain.
Types of Dental Crowns
The materials that may be used for your dental crowns include:
- Porcelain crowns
- Ceramic crowns
- Zirconia crowns
- Metal or metallic crowns
- Composite resin crowns
- A combination of materials
While waiting to have a permanent dental crowns made, you may receive a temporary crown. Because it is intended for a short period of time, the adhesive on the temporary crowns won’t be as strong as a permanent one, allowing for it to be easily removed once the permanent crown is ready.
3/4 Dental Crowns
Sometimes a full dental crown is not necessary. In cases such as this, your dentist may recommend an onlay, or 3/4 crown, which doesn’t cover the full tooth. These may be appropriate if you still have a solid tooth structure.
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Who Needs a Dental Crown?
You may need a dental crown for several reasons, such as:
- Protection for a weak or cracked tooth to keep it from breaking
- Restoring a tooth that is worn down
- Covering a tooth that has a large filling and little original tooth remaining
- Holding a dental bridge in place
- Covering a dental implant
- Protecting a tooth that had a root canal
- Tooth has a root canal
- Cosmetic Enhancement
How Long Will a Dental Crowns Last?
Typically, a dental crown can last from 5 to 15 years, depending on the durability, use, and amount of care given. Certain activities and habits can reduce their lifespan, such as biting your nails, grinding or clenching your teeth, or using your teeth to open packaging.