A dental crown is used to provide increased protection and stability to a tooth that has been damaged or has received a root canal. They surround the entire tooth and are bonded to the tooth, or they are used to create a bridge or a denture. Made with a silver amalgam or with white porcelain, depending upon the location of the tooth and the needs of that circumstance, they are a common part of cosmetic dentistry. As a cosmetic dentist @ False Creek claims, dental can beautify your tooth appearance and prevent further tooth decay at the same time.    

Uses of Dental Crowns

               Dental crowns are often used where a tooth has required a root canal. It will increase the stability of the tooth and allow it to absorb the pressure that is used for chewing foods while shielding the remaining natural tooth and it is enamel from cavities and both food and beverages. They are also suitable for covering teeth have become cracked or chipped, even after a filling has been provided, to improve the strength of the tooth.

               Where there are teeth missing a bridge can be created by attaching a few crowns together. There is one on each end of the bridge to be attached to the remaining tooth, and one for each tooth that is missing between them. This is installed on each end with a bonding material attaching it to the remaining teeth and is not removed for cleaning. 

Results for Dental Crowns

               A dental crown is considered a perfect solution that can strengthen the tooth, replace missing teeth, and improve the appearance when possible. They last several years, though will likely require repair or replacement at some point. As they are used just as the natural teeth were, they must also be cared for in a similar way. They are to be brushed twice a day and flossed regularly. 

Types of Dental Crowns

               The traditional types of dental crowns are amalgam, or silver composite crown, or a porcelain crown. Dental crowns are typically created outside of the mouth in a lab and then attached to the teeth with a bonding material. Often a silver crown will be used when it is near the back of the mouth while closer to the front a porcelain material will be chosen. 

The Lifespan of Dental Crowns

               When a dental crown is created and installed it is with a limited life span. In general, a well prepared and cared for crown will last between 5 and 20 years. Oral hygiene is an important factor in how long a dental crown will last, those that are brushed and flossed twice a day and receive regular cleanings at a dental office will last longer than those that receive no care, or minimal care. 

               A dental crown is used in many situations but most often is to protect a tooth that has been damaged and can not be repaired, that has received a root canal and lost most of its supportive structure, or where a tooth or teeth are missing. Created outside of the dental office they are built based from a mold of the teeth and are installed at the next dental appointment.