A dental crown, which is also referred to as a dental cap, is a prosthetic object that is permanently cemented onto a patient’s tooth. Only a professional and trained dentist can remove it once it has been attached. The purpose of a dental crown is to cover a patient’s damaged tooth, yet it also strengthens it and improves its overall appearance and alignment of the teeth.
Dental Crowns are made from the impression of a tooth or set of teeth they are going to cover. Before it is created, a dentist must reduce the tooth to fit the crown. A dentist may also place a temporary crown while the permanent crown is still in the making.
What A Dental Crown Looks Like
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size and improve its appearance.
A crown serves as a helmet for your tooth, but it is also used for the following reasons:
- Protect a heavily-filled tooth (i.e. teeth that have huge fillings)
- Act as a permanent filling option (i.e. example if your filling keeps dropping out, as the filling materials are not strong enough)
- In place of an implant restoration when there is insufficient bone for the implant
There are different crowning materials that are selected by a professional dentist and which are also used to meet to your various dental needs.
The Four Types Of Dental Crown
- Ceramic Crowns — These type of dental crowns are usually used for restoring the front teeth. These Ceramic Crowns are very popular because of their ability to blend with a patient’s natural tooth color. The ceramic crown is made out of a porcelain-based material.
- Porcelain-fused Metal Crowns — This is the most common material for crowns due to the combination of the metal’s strength plus the aesthetics of the porcelain.
- Gold Alloy Crowns — This dental crown is a mix of copper, gold and other precious metals. The most inert type of crown.
- Base Metal Alloy Crowns — Made up of non-precious metals which are ultimately resistant to corrosion, this dental crown is very strong. This type of dental crown also requires a smaller portion of the tooth to be removed prior to fitting.
Here at Dental Focus, we want our patients to be reassured and satisfied with the results they have invested in. Approach any of our dentists to ask about the various aesthetic procedures that Dental Focus offers.