A dental crown is a form of dental restoration tool that encircles or caps a tooth or a dental implant to protect it from further damage. Crowns are often installed in order to prevent large cavities from getting bigger and to protect the health of the tooth.
In order to bond to the tooth, dental cement is used on the crown, which can be made out of different kinds of materials like resin, porcelain, gold, and metal. When a person grinds their teeth or has an improper bite, has fillings, or is affected by tooth decay, overall teeth condition may be wearing down, and this often leads to breakage and cracking of teeth.
This is where dental crowns come in. These cosmetic tools are used to cover the surface of an affected tooth, not only to improve its appearance but also to add durability, strength, and stability.
A temporary crown is often placed on the affected tooth while the permanent crown is produced, so as to protect it from further damage. Creating a dental crown takes somewhere between one and two weeks, after which the permanent crown can be cemented onto the tooth.
In many cases, an initial restoration is needed before the permanent crown can be placed. This often includes filling the cavity to stabilize the tooth and establish a stronger tooth structure. Cosmetic dental crowns may last for 10 to 15 years.
Cosmetic crowns are typically made from gold, ceramic, and metal, each with varying strength and use. For example, gold and metal-ceramic crowns, which are very durable are often used to fix molars, which are often subjected to great forces from grinding and chewing.
Ceramic crowns, on the other hand, are more often used for the front teeth because they best resemble natural teeth. Gold crowns, on the other hand, are a good fit when you do not mind having an odd tooth.
Since gold metal is more workable than most other crown materials, they have a more precise fit and are easier to produce. More importantly, gold crowns are impossible to chip, unlike porcelain crowns that are slightly prone to chipping.
To create a more natural appearance for crowns, different materials are often fused with porcelain, like metal and resin.