What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is an artificial tooth restoration that fully covers the part of the tooth or dental implant that resembles a natural tooth. This is also known as a dental cap.

For tooth that has been broken or weakened by decay, a crown is an ideal restoration procedure. You may also need a crown if you want to improve the appearance of a discolored tooth, or if you have a filling which needs covering to protect what is left of the tooth. You could also have a crown to hold a denture or a bridge together.

What are Dental Crowns Made Of?

There are a variety of materials used to create crowns. In olden times, gold and silver are the most common since composite materials are not yet available. Today, as technologies improve, a host of new materials are continually introduced. These materials are often times stronger than silver or gold but are much lighter and can often be designed to match the color of natural tooth. Here are a few:

  • Precious metal bonded with porcelain: is the most common material used for crowns. In this case, a precious metal is used as base and the porcelain is placed in layers on top of it.
  • Ceramic crown: is the metal-free alternative for dental crowns and has the advantage of having the strength of a bonded crown but can look as natural are a real tooth. This type of material is often used for front teeth.
  • Glass crowns: can look very natural and that is why is used for both front and back teeth.
  • Gold alloy crown: are used together with other metals as alloys to increase its strength. This type of crown is made to last.

How are Dental Crowns Prepared?

To have a dental crown, a dentist will need to prepare your tooth to the shape of the crown. The upper surface of the tooth will be removed and the inner and stronger core will be left. The thickness of your crown will be based on the amount of the tooth that was removed.

After this, an impression of your tooth will be prepared. This impression will then be given to a dental technician who will prepare the crown. Along with it, the shape and color of the crown will also be needed to create it.

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