Dental crowns are needed whenever you have a tooth that is weak and cannot be filled anymore. Often times people need them because they have a huge silver filling that cracked, or because they cracked their tooth after trauma or eating into something hard. Crowns are also needed after root canal treatments on back teeth, because the tooth is weakened after such treatment. Other reasons for crowns include wear from grinding, or teeth that have a deep stain that does not clear up with whitening. Small or mis-formed teeth can also be corrected with crowns.
So when do I need a dental crown?
- Broken tooth
- Large cracked silver filling
- Small tooth or misformed tooth
- Excessive enamel wear
- After root canal treatments
- Deep stain that doesn’t whiten
What are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns are made of different materials. All ceramic (porcelain) crowns are used for anterior teeth and back molars and are the most aesthetic because there is no metal in them.
There are also all gold and porcelain fused to metal crowns that are used for specific cases.
How long do dental crowns last?
Crowns should last at least 7 years, but people often have them for 20 + years. Home-care is a big predictor of how long any type of dental work lasts. Whether you are a grinder or not will also affect the longevity of a dental crown.
How long is procedure?
The procedure for 1 dental crown takes about an hour. We numb the area so that it is a comfortable experience and then prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown. After your dental crown has been fabricated we cement it in place after getting your approval.