So, your dentist told you that you need a crown on your tooth. Don’t worry. A crown can make your tooth stronger, as well as function and look better.
What is a crown?
A crown replaces the damaged or missing parts of a tooth. The dentist will remove all the damaged or decayed tooth structure and have a tooth-shaped replacement prepared. He or she will then cement over the remaining tooth structure like a “cap.”
Why do I need a crown?
Your dentist may recommend a crown if:
- Your tooth is cracked.
- You need a large filling and there is not enough tooth left to hold it.
- A filling would not be strong enough to withstand your chewing forces.
- As part of a dental implant.
- You had a root canal, particularly on a back tooth.
- Your tooth is discolored or badly shaped.
What are crowns made of?
Many materials can be used to make crowns, including:
- Porcelain/ceramics bonded to metals.
- Gold alloys.
- Base metals.
- Composite (resin plastic-like) materials.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns tend to last at least five-to-eight years, but can last much longer, even a lifetime, depending on a variety of factors. Talk to your dentist about what will work best for you.