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Crowns, when properly sealed into place, completely surround the whole visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?
A dental crown may be needed in the following circumstances:
- Protecting a weak or decayed tooth from breaking
- Restoring a broken or severely worn-down tooth
- Holding a dental bridge in place
- Covering misshapen or discolored teeth
- Covering a dental implant
For children, crowns may be used on baby teeth in order to:
- Protect the child’s teeth at risk for gum disease, particularly if the child has difficulty with oral hygiene.
- Save a tooth that has been damaged by decay so much that it can’t support a filling.
- Decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for kids unable because of age, behavior, or medical history to completely cooperate with the requirements of proper oral care.
What Types of Crowns Are Available?
Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, metals such as gold or other alloys, resin, or ceramic. At New Bremen Smiles, we utilize quality non-metal crown materials.
Porcelain oral crowns can be color-matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike metal crowns). All-ceramic or all-porcelain oral crowns supply a better natural color match than any other crown type and may be preferable for individuals with metal allergic reactions. Ceramic crowns can be used for front and back teeth.
Resin oral crowns are another choice that tends to be less costly than other crown types, though they can use down gradually and are more vulnerable to fractures than porcelain crowns.
How to Care for Dental Crowns
While a crowned tooth does not need any special care, bear in mind that even though a tooth is crowned it doesn’t mean the tooth is completely protected from decay or gum disease. For that reason, continue to follow proper dental hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth a minimum of two times a day, flossing daily (specifically around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth), and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash daily.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Typically, dental crowns can last between five and 15 years. The life expectancy of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good dental hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits (such as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging).