What are the advantages of dental crowns?

Dental crowns recreate the appearance of an attractive, healthy tooth. Crafted from lifelike materials, they blend in with the surrounding teeth. They are strong enough to withstand the normal forces of chewing and biting. Crowns are also very durable and protect the tooth from sustaining additional damage. They can last for many years with the proper care and professional follow-up.

Who is a good candidate for a dental crown?

Generally, dental crowns are a good option for individuals with significant tooth decay or damage, yet enough remaining tooth structure to anchor the crown. If there is not sufficient tooth structure, other options may need to be explored. Irvine patients can see if they are a candidate by visiting our doctors today.

What reasons would someone have for needing a crown?

Someone may require a dental crown if they:

  • Have dental decay or damage that is too large for a filling
  • Have an extremely worn tooth
  • Need a tooth restored after a root canal
  • Need to anchor a dental bridge
  • Need to cover a dental implant post

What materials are used to construct dental crowns?

Dental crowns can be fabricated using metal (e.g., gold), porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or Zirconia,. Each type of material has its own set of pros and cons.

For example, porcelain crowns offer the best cosmetic result, although they may be brittle or fracture easily under the forces of tooth grinding or clenching. Gold crowns are very strong and long-lasting, but are visibly different from natural teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a good compromise, although the dark metal edges may be visible at the gumline. Zirconia crowns provide esthetic results with excellent strength for heavy grinding.

The type of material used to construct your crown depends on many factors, including the location of the tooth that needs to be restored, whether you grind or clench, and any allergies or sensitivities you may have.

Will I need a root canal when I get a crown?

Some crowned teeth require root canal therapy and others do not. The two treatments are not mutually exclusive.

The treatment protocol depends on the extent of the damage. A root canal is performed when the soft tissue inside the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected. This can happen in cases of deep cavities that reach the pulp. In these cases, the dental pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is disinfected and filled with a special material and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.

Simply placing a crown over a tooth that is badly cracked or broken does not require a root canal. But the damage or decay that leads to the need for a crown may also require a root canal.

How long are crowns expected to last?

Some crowns last for many years, and others only for a few. There are various factors that influence the lifespan of a crown, including the material from which the crown is crafted, the condition of the tooth that is crowned, and dental hygiene habits. In general, crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years.

Learn More about Dental Crowns

For more information about getting dental crowns in Irvine, please call or email Serene Dental Center today.