If you already have a tooth crown or you are about to get one, this is a very common question. Crowns can be a costly but worthy investment in your oral health. So, like any investment it’s good to know the payback period! While crowns are often quoted as lasting 10-15 years, this can be longer or shorter depending on a number of factors such as material, installation and ongoing care. The look, or aesthetics is another important consideration that goes into deciding what type of crown to place inside a patient’s mouth.
What is a crown?
A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a type of dental restoration that is used to cover and protect a damaged or weakened tooth. It is essentially a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the visible part of the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are commonly made from materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of materials.
How does a crown work?
Depending on the condition of the remaining tooth the tooth may need to be built up with a plastic material to form a core, or a gold post & crown may be used in a tooth that is endodontically treated. There are several situations where a dental crown might be recommended:
What can a crown be made of, and which material is best?
Crowns have been made from several materials over many years. The main balance being between cost, durability, and aesthetics. Some of the materials we use are:
Dr Finkelstein has been using the same technician to help him create beautiful smiles for over 35 years now. Their standards of the aesthetics & the fit of the crown both meet Dr Finkelstein’s expectations and hopes for the outcome best suited to the patient.