A dental crown is a restoration that is used to cover a damaged or weakened tooth. It is essentially a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the existing tooth to improve its strength, shape, and appearance.
There are several types of dental crowns, including:
- Porcelain crowns: these crowns are made from a tooth-colored material and are best suited for front teeth.
- Zirconia crowns: Similar to porcelain crowns, these are also tooth-colored and provide a natural look.
- Metal crowns: These are made from metals such as gold or silver and are best suited for back teeth due to their strength and durability ( not used very often)
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns: These are a combination of metal and porcelain, providing strength and a natural appearance (not used very often)
The procedure for getting a dental crown typically involves two appointments.
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damage and shaping it to fit the crown. A scan or impression of the tooth will be taken, which will be used to create a custom crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be placed on the tooth. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit and bite.
Dental crowns require the same level of care and maintenance as your natural teeth. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups. Avoid chewing on hard foods, ice, or other objects that can cause damage to the crown or your natural teeth.
Cost of dental crowns
The cost of dental crowns varies depending on the type of crown, the extent of the tooth damage and your location. Your dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost, but it is best to check with your provider before getting the crown.
Table: Pros and Cons of Different Types of Dental Crowns
|Type of Crown||Pros||Cons|
|Porcelain||Natural appearance||Not as strong as metal crowns|
|Ceramic||Natural appearance||Not as strong as metal crowns|
|Metal||Very strong and durable||Not as aesthetically pleasing|
|Porcelain-fused-to-metal||Strong and natural appearance||Porcelain can chip or break|