Dental crowns are a type of restoration that is used regularly throughout dentistry. They can be used to cover imperfections, give integrity to a weak tooth, or both. And they are used on any teeth, even handling the bite force of your strongest molars.
So, what are dental crowns made of?
What Dental Crowns Can Do
Dental crowns cover your tooth. They are made with one of several different types of material and designed to match the color, size, and contour of your teeth so that everything blends beautifully. Many won’t even realize you have a dental crown - unless you tell them.
Dentists seek dental crowns for all types of scenarios in dentistry, including:
- Restoring integrity to a decayed tooth, especially after a root canal
- Holding a cracked tooth together and giving it strength to reduce breaking
- Reshaping a broken tooth
- Support for a dental bridge or partial dentures
- Tooth replacement used with dental implants
Dental crowns are also used in cosmetic dentistry to cover up discolorations or stains, as well as reshape misshapen teeth.
What Dental Crowns Are Made Of
Dental crowns can be made of any number of materials. Years ago, metal and gold alloys were used - and they still are today. They are strong and sturdy, designed to withstand the toughest bite and even bruxism.
Porcelain crowns and porcelain fused to metal are other commonly used materials. They, too, provide a strong, functional tooth after treatment. Those fused with metal, however, tend to show a dark line around the gum line and are often the least favorite of the two options.
Today, ceramic dental crowns are seen as the go-to option for most dentists. Primarily made of zirconia, ceramic crowns are a great option since they are strong and fit beautifully with the rest of the teeth. These crowns can often be created much faster in-office using CAD/CAM technology rather than waiting weeks for a custom-designed dental crown as most require. It’s no wonder why they have become such a popular choice.
The Longevity of Dental Crowns
Most dental crowns are designed to last about 10 to 15 years on average. Though this depends heavily on their placement by your dental professional - and the care that you give them.
Having a dental crown placed properly and snuggly against the tooth is crucial for its longevity. And once in place, having an effective oral hygiene routine is so important. This includes brushing at least twice each day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings.
Regardless of what material your dental crown is made of, maintaining your oral health is the best way to ensure it lasts for a while. You may even find that doing so keeps your dental crown looking beautiful for upwards of 20 years.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
If you think you may need a dental crown or have been told you need one, choosing the right dental team matters. You want a dental crown that is custom-made from the best materials and placed with precision. You also want it to last for years to come.
Dr. Todd Paczewski and his team have the experience and skill to provide you with a fully functional, natural-appearing dental crown using the best and most advanced dental crowns available.