Living with damaged teeth doesn't just hamper your smile but also your confidence and self-esteem. This is where dental crowns come into the picture. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the top of your damaged teeth to restore their shape, size, and strength. We make them in different dental materials at our clinic, such as metals, ceramics, resin, and porcelain.
Why Do You Need a Crown?
- To keep a weak tooth from breaking
- To hold a fractured tooth together
- To restore a broken tooth
- To cover a tooth having a large filling
- To cover discolored teeth
- To secure a dental bridge
- For cosmetic enhancements
In children, we use dental crowns on primary teeth to protect the teeth susceptible to decay or to save a damaged tooth where filling doesn't work.
Types of Crowns
We use these as temporary crowns to protect your teeth until we prepare a permanent one. They are prefabricated. Commonly, we use them more in children as they come out when the primary tooth falls. They cover the entire expanse of the crown and prevent further decay.
These are made from alloys containing platinum or gold, or base-metal alloys. They are more durable as they are better at bearing chewing and biting forces. Also, they do not chip or wear down, and we use them for your back teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal
They appear like natural teeth. We match their color exactly to the color of your adjacent teeth and use them for your front and back teeth. They are also an apt choice for long bridges which require strength and stability.
All-porcelain or All-ceramic
These crowns offer a more natural appearance than porcelain-metal crowns. We use them for front and back teeth and in patients with metal allergies.
As their name says, they are made of resin and are relatively less expensive.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
The shelf life of your dental crown depends on the way you care for it and the amount of wear and tear it suffers. If you practice good oral hygiene and do not have any mouth-related habits (such as biting fingernails, checking ice, clenching your teeth, etc.), your crown can last for up to 15 years.
How to Care for a Crown?
Taking care of a crowned tooth is quite simple and similar to caring for your natural teeth. All you need to do is adopt good oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss your teeth daily, and rinse your mouth with a mouthwash once a day.
Please reach out to our Premier Arts Dental in Freehold, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shah. Please call us at (732) 702-2787 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.