If you ask someone what a crown is, they’ll likely tell you it’s a head ornament made from gold or silver adorned with precious gems that kings and queens wear. But there is another type of crown a person can have – a dental crown. While we haven’t heard of anyone in Hendricks County with a crown that royals wear, there probably are lots of Hendricks County residents who have dental crowns.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that’s placed over a worn or damaged tooth and cemented into place. Besides strengthening the weaken tooth, a dental crown helps restore a tooth’s appearance, size, shape and/or alignment.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
- Restore a tooth that’s been badly worn or fractured.
- Protect a tooth that’s been weakened by decay.
- Support a tooth that has a large filling.
- Rebuild a tooth after a root canal.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Cover a discolored or misshapen tooth.
- Anchor a dental bridge in place.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns are constructed from a variety of materials, including:
- Metal, such as gold, nickel, chromium, platinum, palladium or zirconia
- Porcelain fused to metal
- All porcelain
- All ceramic
- Resin – a durable plastic
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last 5 to 15 years, depending on the material used to make them and how much care they receive. So, to ensure the longevity of any dental crown you may have, you should practice good daily oral hygiene. Plus, you should refrain from chewing ice or using your teeth to open things, which may crack your dental crown – or even cause it to fall out.
Keep Your Smile Beautiful
If you are having any problems with teeth, call (317) 745-4400 and make an appointment to see Dr. Erickson at Danville Family Dentistry in Hendricks County. He will examine your teeth and discuss your options. If you require a dental crown, talk to him about any cosmetic concerns you may have, so he can find the right solution to help you maintain a dazzling, healthy smile.