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Types Of Crowns – Everything You Should Know

Do you have a damaged tooth? Are you missing a tooth and need something in its place? A dental crown may just be what the doctor – or dentist – ordered. If you’re considering crowns, here is everything you need to know. 

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a permanent, custom-made restoration for part or all your tooth. When placed over part of your existing tooth, a crown looks like a hollow tooth cap. When placed over a tooth, the crown sits over the remaining natural tooth and sits at or above the gumline. 

Crowns are also used to replace missing teeth. In this situation, you will receive a dental implant that sits into the jawbone and replaces the original tooth root. The crown is then fitted onto the implant to fully replace your tooth. 

What Are Dental Crowns Made From? 

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, depending on your needs and preferences. Temporary crowns, usually used while your permanent crown is being made to protect your tooth, are usually made of acrylic materials or stainless steel. Permanent crowns are made from a variety of materials including, 

  • Stainless steel
  • Alloys like gold/platinum, cobalt/chromium, and nickel/chromium
  • Porcelain/metal fusion
  • Zirconia
  • Resin
  • Ceramic or porcelain

Different materials come with advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain, for example, looks more natural than metal crowns but can wear down over time. Zirconia is strong and resists chipping. Metal crowns are strong, but if you have a metal allergy would be harmful to use.

Who Needs Crowns?

Dental crowns can be needed for a variety of reasons. However, the most common reasons that people receive them include, 

  • Partial tooth replacement after a root canal
  • Cosmetic reasons to cover damaged or discolored teeth
  • Repair for a damaged or cracked tooth
  • Replacing a tooth as part of a dental implant

Whatever your need for a crown, our dentists in Philadelphia will help you choose the right material for you.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

Crowns can last from 5 to 15 years, depending on the material used. Resin, porcelain, and ceramic crowns have the shortest lifespans while metal and zirconia crowns last for years. The crown’s lifespan, however, is dependent on more than just the material. You need to care for your crowns for them to last. To help prolong the life of your crown, 

  • Keep up good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing twice a day
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods over your crown
  • Avoid hard foods like candy, ice, and nuts to prevent chipping
  • Keep up with your regular dental appointments

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