As the name suggests, dental crowns are small, solid caps that can be fitted to the end of a damaged tooth in order to strengthen it, as well as improve the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure here, at The Practice at Mortlake.

Crowns are a great way to restore, and protect your teeth, particularly teeth that are fragile, or in other ways damaged. So what do you need to know about dental crowns?

So who needs dental crowns?

Well, the short answer is anyone can require dental crowns at some point in their life. It’s natural for your teeth to grow affected or damaged over the passage of time. The appearance of tooth decay, or other injuries can also cause your teeth to decline in appearance and strength, in which case they may need a crown.

People suffering from a broken or a worn-down tooth, as well as a weak tooth may benefit from having a dental crown fit in. A dental crown can also be used to cover a tooth that’s had root canal work done, and needs extra protection.

Lastly, a dental crown can be an excellent aid for fixing and holding in place other dental work, such as a dental bridge. At the end of the day, you will require the opinion of a professional dentist or orthodontist to determine whether or not dental crowns are a good option for you.

What are dental crowns made of?

Dental crowns can be made from a wide range of materials, including:

● Metal crowns are among some of the most popular, since there’s a wide range of metals that can be used, and since they provide increased durability. However, one of the main issues with metal crowns is that they can not blend in with the rest of the tooth, so they might be an appropriate choice for teeth that are less visible.
● All-resin crowns are a sturdy, inexpensive option where the crown is made fully out of resin. While they’re a good option, overall, all-resin crowns tend to wear down more quickly than other types.
● Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer all the benefits of a metal crown, while also replicating the natural tooth color thanks to the porcelain. This gives you a crown with improved durability, while also one that looks fairly natural, without sticking out too much. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are an appropriate option for front teeth, as well, although there is the risk of the porcelain chipping eventually.
● Porcelain/Ceramic crowns are another great option, particularly if having color-matching crowns is a concern for you, or if you’re allergic to metal. However, keep in mind that they are less sturdy than metal crowns.

Talk to your doctor…

While we’re sure you have a lot more questions about dental crowns, our best recommendation is to contact a dental professional. They will be able to fill you in on the details, such as dental crown cost, longevity, as well as the dental crown process itself.