Dental Crowns 101

The best way to maintain a healthy smile is by having a wealth of knowledge regarding the most common dental procedures and their benefits.

That is why Coronado Family Dental aims to take the reins when it comes to dental education since our patients are part of our family, and their oral health is our number one priority.

With this in mind, here's everything you need to know about dental crowns and the many benefits they present.

Basic Principle: What Is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are designed as prostheses that can be attached to a tooth, or an implant post.

It attaches to the tooth so that it cannot be removed from it, unlike dentures. If ever needed, a dentist can remove a dental crown from the implant site.

The main role of dental crowns is to cover and protect teeth that have suffered from decay, for example. 

Dental crowns can also be placed over a dental implant.

Why You Might Need a Dental Crown

Most often, patients who need a dental crown suffer from the following conditions:

  • A tooth that does not have a correct shape and needs remodeling;
  • A tooth that has faded over time and needs to be covered with a dental crown to improve its appearance;
  • You have just undergone a root canal therapy procedure and the tooth needs to be covered by a dental crown to be protected;
  • You have a dental implant that has been installed for a long time and that can benefit from the protection and safety offered by a dental crown;
  • You have a tooth that has been fractured;
  • A tooth that is weakened for various reasons and can fracture at any time. 

What Are the Types of Dental Crowns?

Fortunately, there is a wide range of dental crowns from which you can choose:

  • Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns. Due to their appearance that mimics natural teeth, these dental crowns are ideal for front teeth.
  • Gold and Metal Alloys. Because these dental crowns are more resistant than other types but do not have a natural appearance, they are usually implanted in the case of the teeth located at the back of the mouth. 

How Long Can a Dental Crown Last?

The lifespan of a dental crown will depend on the type of material it is made of and the patient's lifestyle.

In general, dental crowns can survive for 5 to 15 years.

Also, proper oral hygiene can radically extend the life of a dental crown.

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We hope that all this information will be useful to you and will help you make the right choice. 

If you want to seek the advice of a dental crowns expert, Dr. Becky Chiem is looking forward to answering any questions you may have. All you have to do is contact us, and we'll take care of the rest.