Crowning Glory – How Dental Crowns Give Teeth New Life
Each tooth is made up of two parts. A tooth’s root extends into the jaw and is covered by gum tissue and bone. The clinical crown of a tooth is the visible, white portion of the tooth that is seen above the gum line on lower teeth and below the gum line on upper teeth. A dental crown is a restorative covering that is attached to the outside of the clinical crown to fully or partially conceal and protect it. Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, fill both aesthetic and functional roles.
When is a Dental Crown Needed? A tooth may require a crown when a large filling weakens its structural integrity. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment because the tooth is left hollow and prone to fracture. A crown may also relieve pain caused by serious tooth fractures or restore a tooth with a broken cusp. Dental crowns can correct unsightly discoloration and make inappropriately shaped or sized teeth look more natural. They are also used in making dental bridges and to cover implants.
Types of Dental Crowns. Crowns are made from a variety of materials including gold or metal alloys, stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, composite resin, zirconia, or a combination of several different materials. All types have pros and cons. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often preferred for their natural appearance. Some dentists can make ceramic crowns in the office while patients wait. Stainless steel crowns are typically used to cover children’s baby teeth. Traditional gold crowns are extremely durable and require less modification of the natural tooth.
Is Getting a Crown Painful? Before preparing and placing the crown, the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic injection, so no pain is felt during the process. Patients may experience minimal pain, sensitivity, or soreness in the tooth and surrounding gums for a short period of time following the procedure.
How Long Will a Crown Last? With proper oral care, most dental crowns will last between 10 and 20 years.
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