Dental crowns are a type of restoration that can be used to protect teeth. It’s made from various materials, including metal or porcelain and might come in different shapes depending on your needs.
For instance, dental crowns can be used when you want to cover up minor damage caused by gaps between the teeth. Dental crowns are also used to cover teeth discoloration.
When choosing a crown, the following key factors are often considered:
For others, a natural appearance that won’t affect the smile may be a priority. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you discuss the results you want to achieve with your dentist so they can recommend the option that will fit your needs best.
Dental Crown Materials: What are the Different Kinds?
Different types of materials can be used to create your dental crowns. Some of the most common include:
- Composite resin
- Combination of materials (i.e., you can have a dental crown that’s fused to metal rather than an all-porcelain one)
Material Selection: What Important Factors are Considered?
When selecting the best material for your crown, the following crucial factors are considered:
- The location of the tooth
- How much of the tooth shows when you smile
- The position of the gum tissue
- Function of the tooth that needs the crown
- The remaining natural tooth
- Color of the surrounding teeth
It is ideal that you share with your dentist what your personal preferences are so it can also be factored in.
Dental Crowns: What are the Different Types?
A temporary crown is exactly what it sounds like—a short-term solution to a long-term problem. This dental accessory will help you get back on your feet until the permanent one is ready.
Your dentist will place it over your tooth with an adhesive that’s easily removed, so you can remove the temporary crown at any time. It won’t be as strong and durable but still serve its purpose well in maintaining dental health.
The temporary crown will be applied to your tooth while you wait for the permanent one. Once available, the permanent crown can be placed permanently during another appointment.
As the name implies, it is possible to get a dental crown in a single appointment. Some dental offices offer one-day crown installation with the help of computer-aided design or computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM).
The new dental crown will be designed and milled from a block of ceramic and it is created in the dental office.
Onlay or 3/4 Crown
Some crowns are designed to cover only a part of the tooth. If you don’t need a full crown, your dentist might recommend that you get an onlay or 3/4 crown instead.
Dental Crowns: Are You a Good Candidate?
If your cavity is too large for a filling, getting a dental crown might be your best option. You might also be a great candidate for dental crowns if you have:
- Teeth that are severely worn down
- Teeth that are cracked
- Teeth that are weakened
Dental crowns are also recommended following a root canal treatment because the treated teeth are more fragile and will need solid and durable protection. You might also be a good candidate if you are missing a tooth and you need a tooth implant or a dental bridge.
While common, it is important to keep in mind that not all dentists have the technology to make same-day crowns. That said, it is recommended that you ask your dentist if the option is available and how much the estimated cost is. This is especially helpful if you don’t have dental insurance.