Dental Crowns – Types, Purpose, and Procedure

Dr. Firoz Lalani

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Firoz Lalani

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A dental crown is a cap for the teeth that are damaged. It is made up of various materials which include porcelain and metal. People have crowns on the front or back teeth which are specially designed for matching the other teeth. There are a lot of factors that should be considered while choosing a crown which involves strength, durability, and cost.

There is no doubt about the fact that the natural appearance should not detract from your smile as it is a great priority.

Let’s check out the different types of dental crowns

Many materials can be used in crowns which include ceramic, porcelain, metal, zirconia, composite, resin, and combination of materials.

Various factors have to be taken into consideration while undertaking the selection of material for the crown which is as follows:

  • The location of the tooth
  • How much amount of tooth will be showcased while smiling
  • Position of the gum tissue
  • The functioning of the tooth that requires the crown
  • Amount of remaining natural tooth
  • Color of the other teeth
  • Temporary crown

Temporary Crown 

A temporary crown is the same as the name suggests. It is a crown that remains in the mouth for a small period. The dentist places it over the tooth with a tool that can be easily removed later on as it is not as strong as a permanent crown. It is done while waiting for the permanent crown to be made. The permanent crown is placed on the teeth at the second appointment.

One day crown

You can even have a crown in a single appointment. Some of the dental offices provide same-day installation of crowns with the usage of many methods that include computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided design which is also known as CAD and CAM.

Onlay crown

The crown which only covers some portion of the tooth is known as three fourth crowns. It is used when there is no need for a full crown.

Purpose of crowns

In case, there is a large cavity that is way too big for a filling, then this is the time for you to have a crown. Or, in case you have cracked, weakened, severely, worn down teeth then it is recommended to go for crowns. Some people go for a crown after a root canal therapy on the tooth. Also in case you have a missing tooth then the dentist needs to do a tooth implant or a dental bridge or make a crown for your teeth. 

The procedure of dental crown

The process of dental crown completely depends on the dentist, whether he or she wants to choose a multi-day or a same-day approach. Call us for detailed information about the procedure. 

Good care of the crowns can ensure healthy life of teeth and the crown as well. Good care involves daily brushing accompanied by flossing. Using a Night guard, if a person has a habit of clenching teeth at night. Avoid eating hard foods when your crowns are on.

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