How Crowns Are Placed
Prepping a tooth for a crown is as easy as prepping a tooth for a filling. After the tooth has been cleaned from the decay, it is shaped around the edges to fit the crown. The crown is then filled with cement and fitted onto the tooth.
Types of Crowns
Crowns that are made of steel are strong, cheaper than other materials, and last a long time. Typically, children that struggle with dental hygiene will receive stainless steel crowns to protect their baby teeth and their underlying adult teeth from further decay. Adults often receive stainless steel crowns either as a cheaper alternative or as a temporary crown while their permanent crown is being made.
Ceramic or Porcelain
The best advantage to having a ceramic or porcelain crown is that the coloring of the material will match the tint of your enamel and it will match your bite. We will take an impression of the surrounding teeth and make the crown custom to fit with the surrounding teeth.
All resin crowns will match your enamel’s color, but is also the cheapest option because the material is not as strong as others available. It can work as a fantastic temporary crown while a permanent crown is being made or you’re deciding on what permanent crown material to go with, but it will not last an entire lifetime.
The most durable type of crown available is metal crowns. They’re made of metal alloys creating the most reliable chewing surface. The only drawback might be the price, because these metal alloys are not cheap to make. But, if you’ve had other crowns break on you in the past, it might be the best solution for your bite.
Porcelain and Metal
Crowns that have the durability of metal crowns, but also have the tinted enamel to match the rest of your grin are made of both porcelain and metal. While it is the most expensive option available, the lasting results and matching cosmetic possibilities makes it a rather attractive option.
How Do I Take Care of My Crown?
Right After Your Appointment
While the cement dries quickly, it does take some time to set best. While it dries, avoid sticky foods that will pull the cemented crown up. If you eat afterwards, chew with the other side of your mouth to prevent moving the crown as the cement dries.