A crown is a tooth-like cap that covers a tooth to restore its appearance. Crowns are made of a range of materials, from full porcelain to full metal. You can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each with your dentist, but here’s an overview:
Stainless steel crowns are used as a temporary measure, most often for children’s baby teeth. They’re a cost-effective option for teeth that will eventually fall out, and they only require one trip to the dentist.
Gold or platinum alloy:
Metal crowns are a strong, chip-resistant solution for tooth restoration. However, they are highly noticeable, so they’re best for molars.
Porcelain fused to metal:
Porcelain makes these teeth more natural looking, while the metal imparts extra strength. With their extra durability, these crowns are perfect for bridges.
Porcelain or ceramic:
All-porcelain and all-ceramic crowns have the most tooth-like appearance. Your dentist may also suggest these if you have a metal allergy. They’re also ideal for front and side teeth.
Resin crowns are the cheapest option, but they are also the least resistant to wear and tear.
Dental crowns are recommended when you need a filling but don’t have enough tooth left, and they can be a great solution for several other scenarios:
You can always discuss tooth restoration options with Dr. Sergey to see what he recommends.
Dr. Sergey prepares your tooth and takes an impression of it to send to the lab. He then places a temporary crown on your tooth until the lab creates and sends the permanent one back. At your next appointment, he removes the temporary crown and applies the new crown, adjusting for fit and function. Once the crown fits perfectly, Dr. Sergey permanently seals it in place with cement.
Dental crowns have a lifespan of 5-15 years. They’ll last longer with proper care. It’s best if you refrain from chewing hard substances like ice cubes and tearing packaging with your teeth. The wear and tear from grinding will also deteriorate a crown faster. As with all the rest of your teeth, good oral hygiene is imperative in preserving your crowned tooth from decay and gum disease.
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