FAQ's > Dental Crowns

The information presented below is only for informational purposes. Your surgeon will talk to you about details regarding your specific procedure.

Who should get a crown?
A crown is used for several reasons. The following are just a few examples when a crown may be used. A crown is used to protect a tooth that has just undergone a root canal or to protect a weak tooth from fracturing. Crowns can also be used to hold together cracked teeth/tooth and keep the tooth from decaying any further. They can be used to cover discolored teeth or improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.

What is the procedure for a crown?
Getting a crown is usually a simple procedure. The patient is given a local anesthetic and then the tooth is prepared for a crown by reducing its size so that the crown can fit over the tooth and in the space between the teeth on either side of it. Then, an imprint will be taken to determine color, bite shape and length of the crown. An impression of the tooth and gums is made, which is used to make a stone model of the area. This model is then used to create a tooth in a particular material.

What are the types of crowns that are available?
There are many types of crowns. Some of the more common ones can be made of gold, porcelain, and combination of metals or a metal with porcelain or resin. Metal crowns are made of gold and other metals. These crowns are best on molars or back teeth as they are strong, durable, long lasting and allow for a softer bite so that its makes less of an impact on other teeth. Porcelain crowns are tooth colored crowns that are made of porcelain or resin. They are useful as they blend in with your other teeth. The disadvantage of this type of crown is that it is more likely to chip than a metal crown. It is usually placed on the front teeth because it gives a natural appearance, is durable and has a smooth surface. A combination crown is porcelain that is usually fused to metal. A metal base is made with porcelain to give the crown a natural, tooth colored appearance. Its benefits are that it has a natural appearance, is attractive, durable and long lasting. Talk to your dentist about which option might be the best for you.

How long will most crowns last?
Usually, crowns can last anywhere from 5-10 years or sometimes longer. However, proper care must be taken to provide for optimum longevity.


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