Dental Crown FAQs
When is it necessary to put a crown on a tooth?
There are several reasons a crown could be an excellent option. The most common include:
- When the tooth has too much decay to sustain a conventional filling
- When a tooth has received a root canal treatment and a crown in necessary to protect the tooth and prevent catastrophic fractures
- When a tooth is used to retain a fixed bridge
- When the shape, size or aesthetic appearance of a tooth needs to be corrected or improved
- When a tooth is not ideal in shape to retain a removable partial denture
What materials are crowns made of?
The most commonly used materials used for dental crowns are porcelain (ceramic material), metal (dental alloy), or a combination of both. Your prosthodontist will select and recommend the ideal type of crown and material for your specific needs. We recommend the option that best protects your teeth, provides good function and presents a longer lasting restoration with optimum esthetic properties.
Will I be able to chew my food with a crown the same as with a natural tooth?
Yes, but it is important to understand that porcelain crowns can chip or fracture if chewing is forceful. This means that you should avoid hard foods.
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Will my crowns match the color of my natural teeth?
Yes. We have a selective group of skilled dental technicians and master ceramists who work with us. The final crown will be the result of fine artistry and good craftsmanship. Our goal is to deliver a crown that will have optimum aesthetic characteristics that mimic the beauty of healthy natural teeth.
What will my tooth look like while the crown is being made in the laboratory?
We will make and place a temporary crown that will protect your tooth while your definitive crown is being made. This plastic crown will look natural and match the color of your own teeth.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns that are made with modern materials and techniques last for many years if you keep up on good oral hygiene. Any crown or dental restoration that is abused (e.g., chewing ice) can fracture or deteriorate prematurely. No dental restoration lasts forever.
Will my tooth feel sensitive after it is crowned?
No. The tooth structure will be covered and protected with the crown, and you should not feel any adverse symptoms. Occasionally, a tooth may feel sensitive the day of or a few days after the crown has been cemented in place. These symptoms generally disappear quickly.
Can my tooth decay after it receives a crown?
Yes, the portion of the tooth adjacent to the gum line is generally exposed, so failure to properly care for your teeth may result in decay in that area. However, a tooth with a crown should remain healthy for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained.