13 Dental Crown Facts That You Must Know!

If you have extreme tooth damage, a dental crown is a cost-effective and long-term solution to save your tooth and improve its strength, size, shape, and appearance. Whether your tooth is decayed, chipped, broken, worn-out, stained, or misshaped, our dentist can help.

If you’re still not sure whether tooth crowns are right for you, below are 13 facts that you should know about the treatment:

  1. Crowns can save a severely damaged tooth.
    If your tooth has suffered extreme damage, a dental crown may be your last resort to save the tooth. Unlike alternative treatments like veneers, a crown is a tooth cap that covers the entire visible part of a tooth, holding it together and improving its strength. It preserves your natural tooth and prevents extraction.
  2. Crowns can replace missing teeth.
    Dental bridges and implants are common ways to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns attached to adjacent health support the artificial teeth when placing a traditional bridge. Similarly, a crown provides a natural-looking tooth structure over a dental implant.
  3. Crowns are stain-resistant.
    Unlike natural teeth, crowns contain artificial and non-porous materials like porcelain and gold. Therefore, they resist staining better than your natural teeth. Avoiding staining habits will keep your crown looking bright for longer.
  4. Crowns can help after a root canal.
    If your tooth is infected or decayed, the dentist can use a root canal treatment to remove the infection and save your tooth. It entails removing the tooth’s pulp, which can significantly weaken the tooth. A dental crown may be necessary to protect and strengthen the tooth.
  5. Metal-based crowns develop a grayish tint.
    People who use porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns on front teeth can notice a grayish tint on their crown. It often happens due to the crown’s metallic base, which can penetrate the porcelain layer slightly.
  6. Getting a crown takes multiple visits.
    You might need several appointments to get a dental crown. Typically, the dentist will prepare the tooth, take impressions, and send them to a dental lab on the first appointment. The dentist can place a temporary crown. On the second appointment, the dentist will permanently remove the temporary and cement the customized crown.
  7. You can get same-day CEREC crowns
    CEREC technology has made it possible to get a dental crown in a single appointment. The technology uses a CEREC machine to make 3D models of your teeth and create ceramic crowns. The crown is made and fitted on the same appointment.
  8. Crowns won’t last forever.
    While very strong and durable, dental crowns won’t last forever. A crown typically lasts for about 10 – 15 years with proper oral care and habits. The crown material and the location of the crowned tooth can also affect the crown’s longevity.
  9. You don’t always need a crown.
    While a crown effectively repairs tooth damage, it isn’t always necessary. For instance, you can fix minor tooth damage with alternative treatments like dental veneers, bonding, fillings, inlays, and Onlays. Similarly, a crown may not work if the tooth is severely damaged and doesn’t have enough structure to hold a crown sufficiently.
  10. A crown can fix cosmetic issues.
    While a crown is common for restorative purposes, it can also correct cosmetic imperfections and renew your smile. For instance, a crown can improve the appearance of an uneven, stained, or misshaped tooth, giving you a bright, uniform, youthful, and beautiful smile.
  11. Crowns can be custom-made to look and feel like natural teeth.
    If you’re repairing a front tooth, you might be concerned that people may notice it when speaking or laughing. Thankfully, you can use tooth-colored dental crowns such as porcelain or zirconia. The crown will match your natural teeth’ size, shape, color, and feel.
  12. Dental crowns require tooth shaving or building.
    Since a crown goes over your natural teeth, the dentist must shave a portion of the tooth to allow the crown to fit naturally without feeling bulky or uncomfortable. If the tooth lacks enough structure to hold a crown, the dentist can rebuild it to provide adequate support for the crown.
  13. Crowns are easy to take care of.
    A crown looks, functions, and feels like a natural tooth. Once it’s secured, you only have to care for it as you do for your natural teeth. You won’t need special products or techniques.

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