Dental Crown Basics

A dental crown, or cap as lay people call it, is a type of dental restoration that bears the resemblance of your teeth. A crown is a cover placed over your damaged or decayed tooth. There should not be any discomfort following a placement of a crown. But if your tooth has not had a root canal it will still contain the nerve. This may lead to temporary sensitivity to extremes of temperature. Crowns usually last at least seven to ten years. In many cases however, they may last much longer than fifteen years.

Crowns may be placed by a Wichita dentist for a number of reasons. Usually if your tooth had been damaged by a great deal of decay is the most common ground. Another reason would be if a dental filling cannot restore enough of your tooth or make your tooth strong enough. A crown may also be used to hold together parts of a cracked tooth. It also can be utilized to hold a fixed partial denture or dental bridge in place. Crowns can also be used to improve appearance as well. And they may be placed to cover a badly discolored or misshapen or teeth.

Basically, there are three types of dental crowns according to materials used. Crowns can be all-metal, porcelain fused to metal or ceramic. Metals that are typically used to make dental crown would include; gold alloy, other alloys such as palladium or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. Dental crowns that are all-metal and porcelain fused to metal are stronger and are better choices for back teeth compared to ceramic crowns. In comparison crowns that are porcelain fused to metal and ceramic bears the same shade as your natural teeth. They look just like normal teeth, as any dentist from a Witchita dental clinic would explain.