Written By Lizzie Weakley / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
A dental crown looks like any of your other teeth in its shape, size, color and strength. It can be designed to be stronger, shinier and more damage resistant than a natural tooth. Learn more about how effective this restoration is to your teeth.
A dental crown is used to strengthen your existing tooth without having to replace it completely. A damaged tooth may be chipped off on the top or cracked down the middle. A crown covers the top to ensure that bacteria does not enter the tooth and cause an infection.
It works similarly to a skeleton and provides a stronger structure for the whole tooth. During the installation, the dentist may have to remove a portion of your natural tooth to improve the fit.
Most people think that crowns are only fitted on top of the teeth. To receive the greatest benefits from a crown, dental crown implants are used for a complete tooth restoration. With the crown attached, the implant is screwed into the jaw for a more secure fit.
Have your crown custom made to the size and measurements you need. Otherwise, you'll have one that is visibly too big when the tooth is small or too small and weak for a strong tooth. During the customization process, the dentist makes an impression of your natural tooth, submits it to a dental lab and orders a specially-made crown. Most crowns can be made within a few hours of your dental visit.
Not every crown is made of either ceramic or porcelain. Some crowns are made of metal like gold or silver while other designs have metal screw-in attachments with ceramic or porcelain crowns. Zirconia is a type of ceramic crown that is derived from metal, making it very strong and durable. As a patient, you can choose the right material based on its strength, appearance and lifespan.
A dental crown lasts from five to 15 years. It's cleaned and treated like any natural tooth so that no maintenance is required.
A crowned tooth looks, feels and works like any natural one. Your smile, bite and confidence are restored with the placement of a crown or crown implant. It's important that you research the benefits and risks before you undergo the procedure.
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Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.