Dental Crowns

When a tooth has incurred significant damage, but not to the point where it has to be removed completely, a dental crown is an excellent restorative option for kids and adults that can instantly enhance the tooth’s appearance while protecting and supporting it at the same time. Dental crowns can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes, as they can be custom designed to look like an enhanced version of your natural teeth. If you are interested in learning more about how dental crowns can serve your smile or want to schedule an appointment with our team, please contact our office!

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What are dental crowns used for?

Dental crowns are commonly used for a wide range of reasons, including:

  • Replacing a large dental filling
  • Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Repairing a fractured tooth
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Covering a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Supporting a tooth after a root canal treatment

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns can last 10 to 15 years or even longer when they are treated well. Patients who have dental crowns should be sure to avoid chewing things like ice and hard candy so that they do not damage their dental restorations or natural teeth. They are excellent at protecting teeth from tooth decay, but decay can occur underneath a crown if a patient does not practice good oral hygiene, in which case the crown would need to be removed and replaced. We also recommend visiting our office routinely for checkups so that we can examine your crown and let you know when we believe it should be replaced.

Should I get a dental crown or a bridge?

Dental crowns and bridges can be used for many of the same reasons, like protecting teeth from damage and restoring their appearance. One main difference is that dental bridges are a minimally invasive option for replacing missing teeth, and they can protect and restore several teeth in a row. If you only have one tooth that needs to be repaired and restored, a dental crown is likely your best option, as they don’t require any nearby teeth to be modified. Not sure which one is right for your smile? Feel free to schedule a consultation with us!

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Pediatric Dental Crowns

When it comes to adult dental crowns, many patients receive crowns that are made of a strong porcelain or ceramic material that is designed to protect the tooth and blend in nicely with the rest of the teeth. For children, stainless steel dental crowns are often preferred, especially when the crown needs to be placed on a molar. This is because stainless steel crowns are cost-effective and very sturdy, and parents won’t have to worry about replacing the crown for a long time, if ever. When a crown is placed on a baby tooth, the crown will come off with the baby tooth when it is ready to come out.