A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is put over a tooth, which helps in restoring its shape and size, strength, and boosts its appearance. Both dental ‘caps’ and ‘crowns’ are the same and used interchangeably.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
Dental crowns or caps are often needed when a tooth is severely damaged and needs to be repaired with a dental filling, such as a severe cavity or root canal. Several other circumstances may warrant a dental crown, too, such as:
- To restore an already damaged tooth or a critically worn down tooth
- To cover and assist a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t much tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- To make a cosmetic amendment
- For children, it is used to save a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay and fail to assist a filling, or children who can’t keep up with daily oral hygiene.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Because each case varies, crowns, or caps, come in a variety of materials. Many factors determine which type of crown is required; severity of damage and location of teeth. At our San Francisco office, our dentist will determine which type of crown that best fits your requirements. But it is essential to take care of your crowns for its’ longer sustainability. If cared for properly, crowns can last a lifetime. Permanent crowns can be made up of stainless steel, all-metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Stainless steel crowns – These are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth mostly as a temporary measure. The crown safeguards the tooth or filling, while a permanent crown is consisting of another material. It is commonly used among children, to fit over a primary tooth. It ultimately covers the entire tooth and saves it from decay. When the primary tooth comes out to create room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out with it automatically.
Metals used in crowns – These involve alloys that have a high composition of gold or platinum, or base-metal alloys (cobalt-chromium & nickel-chromium alloys). This helps in biting and chewing well and rarely chip or break. The metallic color and the high price of gold is the main drawback. Metal crowns are an excellent choice for out-of-sight molars.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns – This can be color-matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). But this can chip or break off. These crowns can be the right choice for front or back teeth as well as long bridges, where the metal is required for strength.
All-resin dental crowns – These are less expensive than other crowns. However, they wear down with time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns – This gives better natural colors than any other crowns, and it is more appropriate for people having metal allergies. All-ceramic crowns can be placed for front and back teeth.
Need for Dental Crowns
A dentist might suggest capping a tooth for the following reasons:
- Restoring tooth or making changes with a tooth’s shape.
- Reinforce a structurally compromised tooth.
- Improve a tooth’s appearance.
- Replace an improper existing crown.
- Improve the appearance of teeth.
Therefore, we can conclude that this technique is used to boost the appearance of a person’s smile drastically. Actors usually go for this treatment to get their perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile by way of having dental crowns placed. Dental crowns are one of the various services we provide here at our San Francisco office. If you have any queries, please give us a call or ask one of our knowledgeable dentists or staff members during our office hours at Implants Pro Center, San Francisco.
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