Breaking a tooth is much easier than you might think. Simply biting into something like a very ripe looking nectarine and connecting with the stone and you could end up missing a piece. If you have a broken tooth, one or more worn down due to grinding or have only a little of one left after decay or an accident, having it removed is not your only option. In most cases, there are other ways to fix the situation, and a dental crown is the king of them. When it is one of your back teeth, it might not seem like such a big deal, but when it is in front, you will want to rectify the situation as soon as possible. All you have to decide on now is what type of crown to choose?
A dental crown is an artificial restoration that is placed over a remainder of an affected tooth in order to cover it and restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance. Its applications are very versatile, as it can be used in a wide variety of dental procedures. It is often used when a weak tooth needs protection from breaking or cracking or to cover and support a tooth when there is not enough left after a filling. Broken teeth or a tooth that has been significantly worn down can be restored with a crown. They can also cover a dental implant or be used to hold a bridge in place, cover discolored teeth, or make cosmetic modifications.
Before getting a permanent crown, your dentist can create a temporary crown. Unlike the permanent crown which is made in a dental laboratory, your dentist can make a temporary one in their office out of acrylic or stainless steel. The goal is to temporarily restore your tooth until the full crown is ready.
Metal crowns are most usually made out of gold alloy, but can also be made out of palladium or nickel alloys, among others. Metal crowns usually only require minimal work on your tooth’s structure and are much longer-lasting than most other options. However, the metallic color makes it a less attractive option. Alternatively, you could go with a porcelain crown, designed to blend in with your existing teeth. It is also ideal for people allergic to metal. Unfortunately, they are significantly weaker than metal crowns and tend to wear down much more quickly. A combination of porcelain fused to metal can be a viable alternative, but the disadvantage is that it increases the wear on your adjoining teeth. This type has a metal base, with an outer porcelain layer. The metal base can become visible you need to that into consideration when making your choice. If you are allergic to metal and porcelain, there is also a synthetic resin material option that can be used in this case.
Crowns can last on average from five to fifteen years, and in some cases even longer. The length of time rests almost entirely on your shoulders. The better your dental hygiene as well as your eating habits and any personal or stress issues, such as grinding your teeth while you sleep, will either increase or reduce the length of time until it is time for the crown to be replaced. If you feel that you have a tooth that is close to breaking, worn down, or completely discolored, call your dentist now. It is better to get a crown done straight away, as it is less painful and more proactive to at least save a part of your tooth now than have to take it out completely later on.