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What are Dental Crowns?

If one of your teeth is extremely damaged, a dental crown may be needed to restore its appearance and strength. Crowns will cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth, sealing the chipped or broken areas. They add strength, durability and stability to the tooth. Your dentist at Dlight Dental will help you determine if the nature of your tooth is such that it requires a dental crown.

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crown restorationDepending on the materials used for their construction, there are generally three types of crowns – gold, ceramic (porcelain), and ceramic-veneered gold crowns.

Gold and metal-ceramic crowns are extremely durable and are normally used on the molars where the forces from chewing and grinding are the most prevalent.

Porcelain crowns are usually used for the front teeth because they can best resemble your natural tooth color. Generally, porcelain crowns are more expensive than gold crowns because they are more time-consuming to make and attach.

The type of crown suitable for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Your dentist at Dlight Dental will be happy to assist you in determining the dental crown that best suits you.

When would we recommend dental crowns for you?

Closeup of smile with dental crownGenerally, your dentist at Dlight Dental would recommend dental crowns as a treatment option for you when the entire surface of your tooth is a problem, but the root system is intact.

There are several factors that can cause extensive defects on your tooth’s surface. For example, root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel, and so on.

How is a dental crown placed?

Model tooth with dental crownUsually, it takes about two visits to our office to get a crown. At your first visit, we’ll remove the damaged areas of your tooth and fit you with a temporary crown. At this time, we’ll also work with you to discuss and select the cement color used for your crown so that it matches well with your desired tooth color. It takes about three days to a week for our dental lab to make your permanent crown. During your second visit, we’ll remove the temporary crown, prepare your tooth, and place the crown using the cement.

What to Expect with a Dental Crown

Custom dental crown on desktopDental crowns generally last 10 to 15 years. For persons with unhealthy gums, special precautions may be needed. Your dentist at Dlight Dental will discuss with you any extra steps you may need to take based on your dental health status and history.