Some people mistakenly call crowns “fake teeth,” but a crown is actually more like a hard hat for your existing tooth, covering all visible parts of the tooth and restoring its shape, size, and function.
There are 4 reasons why you might need a crown:
- You have a cavity that is too large for a filling.
- You have a tooth that is cracked, broken, or worn down.
- You have had a root canal treatment.
- You have a misshapen or discolored tooth and want to improve your smile.
What Are Crowns Made From?
Crowns are made from several types of materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal, or composite resin. Dr. Sean Simper and our expert team will help you decide based on the location of the tooth and your personal preference!
Metal crowns offer the best results in terms of wear and tear, and are a great option for back teeth. They rarely chip or break, and are notable for their ability to withstand biting forces. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more natural looking and are a good choice for front or back teeth. All-porcelain crowns most closely resemble a natural tooth, and are an excellent choice for front teeth.
What is the Process for Dental Crowns?
It usually takes two visits to complete a crown treatment. On the first visit, Dr. Simper will prepare the tooth by removing any decay, and the outer part of the tooth. Sometimes additional structure is needed to support the crown, so he will build up the core of the tooth. An impression is then made to provide a precise model for the crown. This impression is sent to a lab, where a technician fabricates your permanent crown. This usually takes about two weeks. While you wait, you will have a temporary crown. Temporary crowns are sometimes more sensitive to hot and cold. They are glued with a less-strong adhesive than your permanent crown will be, so it’s best to avoid sticky foods and chewing gum while you wait. When the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Simper will cement it to your tooth, and make any needed adjustments!
How Durable Are Crowns?
Like natural teeth, crowns can crack or break, and the tooth under the crown can still get cavities. To best care for your crown, brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth daily (water irrigators are an excellent option for cleaning around crowns). Avoid chewing hard foods or other hard objects, and be sure to see Dr. Simper for regular checkups.