Everything You Need To Know About Dental Crowns

27 June 2022
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


If you're like most people, you have probably heard of dental crowns but aren't exactly sure of what it is. Here's what you need to know. 

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are covers that are placed over teeth and are used to restore the function and appearance of a tooth.

Why do you need a crown?

There are many reasons why you might need a dental crown. A crown can be used to:

  • Restore. Crowns can restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury by holding together the remaining tooth structure and protecting it from further damage.
  • Replace a large filling. If you have a large filling, a crown may be used to hold the tooth together and prevent it from breaking.
  • Attach a bridge. A dental crown can be used to support a dental bridge by being placed over the teeth on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge would then be attached to the crowns.
  • Dental implant. A dental implant is a metal post that is placed in your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth in place. A crown is placed over the implant to give it the appearance of a real tooth.
  • Root canal. A dental crown may be placed over a tooth that has had a root canal to protect the tooth and make it look better.

Additionally, crowns can be used to cover any tooth that is discolored or misshapen.

What are dental crowns made of?

Dental crowns can be made of different materials, including:

  • Ceramic. Ceramic crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth. They are a good choice for front teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). PFM crowns are made of metal with porcelain fused to the surface. They are strong and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
  • Gold alloys. Gold alloys are very strong and durable but are usually only used for back teeth.

What is the procedure for getting a crown?

The procedure for getting a dental crown generally takes two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth in order to make a model of them. Your tooth will then be prepared for the crown by being filed down so that the crown can fit over it. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth to protect it until your next visit.

During your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be placed. Your dentist will make sure that the crown fits properly and make any adjustments that are necessary. Once you and your dentist are happy with the fit, the crown will be cemented into place.

You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures immediately after getting a dental crown, but this should subside within a few days. It is important to take care of your dental crown just as you would your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly.

If you're in need of a dental crown, be sure to call your dentist. Crowns are a great way to improve your smile.