A crown is a cap that typically covers a single tooth and adds strength, stability, and durability to an otherwise weakened structure. It can be made out of gold or ceramic, and is typically fitted by our professionals in one or two visits. Crowns offer added structural strength and durability to teeth that have some decay or damage, without having to extract the whole tooth. As with any dental procedure, you should consult with us at Summercrest Dental in Sexton Mountain to decide whether having crowns fitted is a suitable procedure for your case.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the patient’s need and preference. The factors that dentists will use to determine which type of crown is right for their patient include the position of their teeth, the color of the surrounding teeth, the condition of the tooth, and the necessary function of the tooth.
Why a Dental Crown?
What are dental crowns used for? One reason you may need a dental crown is to strengthen a tooth that has become weak due to tooth decay or cracking. Perhaps a reshaping is required, or lengthening of a tooth that has been broken or worn down. Covering teeth that are severely discolored, and covering a dental implant are also additional reasons for a dental crown.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Before a crown procedure, potential patients want to know how long they can expect their new crown to last. Depending on the material the crowns are made from, they can last anywhere from five to 15 years. As a general rule, gold and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns last the longest while all-porcelain and all-ceramic crowns last the shortest period. This depends on many factors, including how well you take care of your teeth. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, for example, or chew hard foods, ice, or even fingernails, these habits could shorten the life of your crowns.
Are Dental Crowns Safe to Use?
Crowns can be a great way to restore a beautiful look to your teeth, and the process is easier and faster than ever. Dental crowns are typical and are a safe way to secure your damaged teeth. They can be replaced at any time if they get damaged. Our team will be able to remove the damaged one and to replace it with another of your choice. The replacement procedure is similar to the first one, just that instead of removing a temporary crown to fix a new permanent one, our professionals will remove the old one and replace it with a new one.
For more information and to find out how a dental crown can benefit you, call Summercrest Dental at (503) 649-7701 today