Crowns Each of your teeth depend on the others to help you eat and speak. When one or more are damaged, the health of the others can be threatened. It may become hard for you to chew, or the appearance of your smile may change. If you are having problems with one or more of your teeth, a crown can help restore normal function.
A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap”, is an artificial covering cemented over an existing tooth that has been specially prepared by your dentist (somewhat like a thimble over your finger). Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling or is severely damaged by decay. Crowns can restore a tooth to its original shape, strengthen a tooth and improve your overall appearance. Crowning is a long-term restorative procedure that can usually be completed in two appointments. Crowns are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth.
Benefits of Crowns
- Repair chipped or fractured teeth
- Teeth can be lightened to any shade
- Fill gaps in teeth
- Restore and maintain your bite
- Improve your smile and chewing ability
- Last longer than any other type of restoration
Types of Crowns
The classic metal dental crown is made of gold alloy. Dentists find gold to be a very workable metal and one which fits very precisely. Gold also withstands biting and chewing and will not chip. Gold Crowns are potentially the longest lasting type of crown. Over the years, a variety of metal alloys have been put to use in the making of crowns.
Dental crowns that will show when you smile are usually made of porcelain or have a veneer of porcelain on the surface to match your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns tend not to be as strong as other types of crowns. Because of this, porcelain crowns are usually not placed on back teeth. This type of crown can be more expensive than the alternatives.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns
These are a cross between metal and porcelain crowns.