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Dental Crown

Close up 3D rendering of a dental crown being placed on a shaved down toothDental crowns are caps fitted on damaged teeth. When filling does not address your dental problem, our dentist at 253 Dental Care may consider dental crowns to cover, protect, and restore the shape, size, and appearance of your teeth. Crowns are constructed of different materials, including porcelain, resin, metals, and ceramics. We will discuss with you the kind of material to use.

Types of Dental Crowns

Permanent crowns can be made from different materials including metal. There are different types of metal used in the construction of dental crowns, for example, gold, chromium, nickel, and palladium. Metal crowns are strong and durable, they hardly chip or break. When you visit our dentist, he or she will only remove a small piece of tooth to fit the metal crown. The crowns can also withstand chewing and biting forces. The metal crowns are a great option for out-of-sight molars.

Crowns are also made from resin. These crowns are not as expensive as other types of crowns. However, they wear out over time and can easily break, unlike metal crowns. Another type of crown is porcelain-fused-to-metal. Our dental specialist can use this type of crown to match it with your teeth. The crowns have a natural color.

Press ceramic is a type of crown that has a hard inner core. These crowns are capped with porcelain, which has the advantage of providing the best natural tooth match. All-ceramic or all-porcelain is a type of dental crown that offers the best natural color match. They work well if you have allergies associated with metals. However, they are not as strong as metal crowns.


During the first visit, our dental expert will examine the tooth that will have the crown and prepare it. He or she will take an x-ray of the tooth and the bone around it. If there is any risk of infection, tooth decay, or the pulp is injured, our dental specialist will have to do a root canal. The dentist will then file down the tooth that is receiving the crown. The filing is done to make space for your crown. The amount of tooth surface that gets filed away largely depends on the type of crown being fitted.

Our dentist uses a paste or putty to make an impression of the tooth that will receive the crown. The dentist will take an impression or copy of the tooth above and below the one getting the dental crown. The impressions are used to construct your crown. You will receive a temporary crown to help cover and protect the teeth that will receive the permanent crowns.

During the second visit, the dentist will take out the temporary crown to fit the already made permanent crown. He or she will check the fit and the color of the permanent crown. The dentist will use anesthesia to numb the site and the tooth before fitting the permanent crown.

Caring for Your Crowns

Dental crowns can survive for five to 15 years depending on how you care for them. To protect your crowns, avoid chewing ice or biting on hard objects. Also wear a mouth guard if you grind or clench your teeth at night. It is crucial you continue with your normal oral hygiene to protect your teeth from decay and gum disease. Brush twice a day and floss at least one time a day, particularly around your crown and the areas where the gums meet your teeth.

If you have dental issues and you want to know what type of crown you can wear, feel free to visit us at 253 Dental Care. Call us at (253) 765-0184 to book an appointment.
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