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The Art of Tooth Restoration: Exploring Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps or dental caps, are a remarkable solution for restoring damaged or compromised teeth. They not only enhance the appearance of a smile but also provide functional benefits, improving oral health and overall well-being. Below, Cityscape Square Dental Clinic offers answers to some of the questions you may have about getting a tooth crown.

What is a Dental Crown Made From?

Crowns are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, your dentist will suggest a material or combination of materials, that is right for you.

Metal crowns are made of gold. They generally last a long time and won't chip or break. They tend not to wear down your opposing natural teeth. However, the gold color does not look natural, particularly on the front teeth.

Composite crowns look natural. They won't chip as easily as porcelain crowns, but they tend to wear more quickly from chewing. Tooth brushing tends to remove the highly polished surface of composite crowns and this causes them to stain more easily.

Porcelain crowns look the most natural. They are more brittle than metal or composite and may chip more easily. Because of this, they are not usually placed on back teeth.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look natural and are stronger than porcelain or composite crowns. They won't chip as easily as porcelain or ceramic crowns. However, depending on their design, the metal may show if your gums are thin or shrink.

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

Dental crowns may be recommended by a dentist in various situations, depending on the specific dental condition and treatment goals. Here are some common scenarios where a dental crown is needed:

  1. Tooth Decay: When a tooth has significant decay or damage that cannot be effectively repaired with a filling, a dental crown may be necessary to restore its structure, strength, and function.
  2. Fractured or Broken Teeth: Teeth that are fractured, cracked, or broken due to trauma or injury may require dental crowns to provide support, protection, and stability.
  3. Root Canal Treatment: After undergoing a root canal procedure, where the infected pulp inside the tooth is removed, a dental crown is often placed to strengthen and protect the treated tooth, as the tooth structure may be weakened.
  4. Large Fillings: When a tooth has a large filling that compromises its structural integrity, a dental crown can help reinforce the tooth and prevent further damage or fracture.
  5. Misshapen or Discolored Teeth: Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of misshapen, severely discolored, or stained teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
  6. Tooth Wear: Excessive tooth wear, either due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or natural factors, can lead to weakened tooth structure. Dental crowns can restore the shape, size, and function of worn teeth.
  7. Dental Bridges: Dental crowns serve as anchor points for dental bridges, which are used to replace missing teeth. The crowns are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth to support the bridge and fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
  8. Dental Implants: After a dental implant is surgically placed in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth, a dental crown is attached to the implant, mimicking the appearance and function of a natural tooth.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Crown?

The timeline for getting a dental crown typically involves multiple steps and can vary depending on several factors. On average, the process can take anywhere from two to three dental visits spanning a few weeks.

Crowns are strong and generally last for about 10 years or longer if you take good care of them. Brush and floss your crown, just like you clean your natural teeth. Crowns may not be as strong as your natural teeth. So like your natural teeth, remember not to bite down on hard objects or use your teeth to open or cut things.

If you have any questions about dental crowns, contact us or schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals at Cityscape Square Dental. We'll help you explore all of your options and find the best solution for your individual needs.

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