Why Should I Get a Dental Crown?
Crowns have several functions and are fitted with the intended purpose of restoring function to your teeth. You may need a crown to:
- Strengthen a weak tooth so it can function more effectively
- Protect and support a cracked tooth
- Hold either a traditional bridge or a cantilever bridge in place
- Restore worn-down, decayed or damaged teeth
- Restore a tooth after a root canal
- Cover a dental implant
What Are Dental Crowns Made From?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, ceramic and porcelain.
While metal crowns are highly durable and better able to withstand the force of biting and chewing, their metallic colour makes them a less popular choice among patients.
Ceramic and Porcelain Crowns
Most patients prefer porcelain or ceramic crowns as they look natural in the mouth; your dentist will colour-match your crown to blend in with your natural teeth. These materials are also a more suitable option for patients with metal allergies.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. It is vital to maintain an excellent dental hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth before bed. Also, be careful to avoid hard chewing on hard foods such as ice cubes and hard nuts, as they can cause damage to the crown.