What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns and crown restorations are actually one of the most common dental procedures performed each year. Although many people are unsure or may become nervous when they're told they need a crown, they're really nothing to worry about. A dental crown is a restoration that is permanently cemented to the 'crown' or top of the tooth to restore the size, shape and look of the tooth's surface. A dental crown totally encompasses the tooth above the gum line and restores and protects it.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are recommended and placed for many reasons. Some of which include:
- Weak tooth structure
- Fractured, cracked or damaged teeth
- Supporting teeth with large fillings
- Preventing a fractured tooth from breaking further
What are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?
Usually only a good choice for back molars that aren't seen as often, metal crowns are strong, durable and often last longer than other materials. The main draw back, of course, is that they don't look natural.
Porcelain crowns are the most natural in appearance as they are matched to the color of your teeth. They aren't quite as strong as metal crowns, but many people prefer the more natural look that these crowns offer.
Resin crowns are often the most affordable crown material, however they are also the most fragile.