A dental crown, just like a king’s crown, is placed on top of a tooth. It acts like a cap or cover and is used to protect and restore a tooth. A dental crown has a lot of benefits for people who need to have their tooth repaired.
- It protects a weak tooth that has a crack, and prevents it from breaking further.
- It restores a tooth that has broken.
- It covers a tooth with a large hole that has been previously filled.
- It supports a dental bridge.
- It acts as a cover for discolored tooth.
- It covers a dental implant.
- It improves teeth cosmetically.
Dental crowns can also be used in children with similar conditions such as a severely damaged or decayed tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are different dental crowns that can be used in various situations, requirements, and budgets.
Stainless Steel Dental Crowns: They are used temporarily while a crown of a more permanent material is being made. Stainless steel crowns are also commonly used in children because they grow out together with the permanent tooth. They are the most cost friendly crown material.
Metal Dental Crowns: Metal crowns are made of gold, platinum, and other base metal alloys. They are considered the most durable because they can withstand biting and chewing. The only downside is that they have a metallic color that is eye-catching, which is why they are recommended for use on back molars.
Porcelain Dental Crowns: These are usually placed on top of the metal, so they look almost the same color as the tooth. However, they are not as durable as ceramic are prone to chipping.
Dental crowns can last a long time if they are properly maintained and if your tooth is substantial to support it. To protect your dental crown, avoid chewing hard foods and always practice good oral hygiene.