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What Is A Dental Crown?

Updated: Apr 3

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What Is A Dental Crown?

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a dental restoration used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. A tooth that is cracked or fractured can be repaired with a crown, as this restoration covers the entire tooth. A crown strengthens and protects the tooth from further damage, so the tooth can be restored to its natural appearance and function.

What Are The Different Types Of Dental Crowns?

There are three basic types of dental crowns:

  • All-metal crowns

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns

  • All-porcelain crowns

All metal crowns are a common type of crown. They are made of gold alloys, which make them extremely strong. However, metal crowns do not match your natural teeth and can cause issues with your bite.

How Are Dental Crowns Applied?

Dental crowns are primarily used to restore a damaged tooth. Dental crowns cover a damaged tooth above the gum line to restore both its appearance and function.

Dental crowns are fabricated in a lab from an impression that is taken during a dental visit. The crown’s shape is customized for a patient’s unique smile. A temporary crown may be placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.

Is the Dental Crown Procedure Painful?

The process for receiving a dental crown is non-surgical and generally painless. You should feel only slight pressure when the crown is placed over the tooth. Once complete, your tooth will look natural and beautiful and will function normally. Patients often choose porcelain for its natural appearance and ability to brighten the appearance of a smile. Composite resin can also be used to match the natural color of your smile.

Will A Dental Crown Replace My Tooth Entirely?

A crown is a hollow cap that is placed over the entire surface of your natural tooth. Once it’s in place, it looks like a natural part of your smile and functions just like your other teeth. You can chew and speak normally once the crown is in place, and you won’t feel any outward difference between your natural teeth and the crowned tooth. This is because they blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Will My Dental Crown Look Like My Natural Teeth?

Yes, your dental crown will be custom-made to look just like your other teeth. At your appointment, your dentist will use a putty-like substance to take impressions of your teeth that are used to create the crown. The crown itself will be made of porcelain or ceramic, and the color of it will match that of your natural teeth. Your dentist will also polish its surface to match the rest of your teeth’s shine and shape.

How Do I Take Care of My Dental Crown?

Caring for your crown will require that you brush and floss regularly, as well as keep your scheduled visits to the dentist every six months. Your dentist will instruct you on what type of toothpaste is best for your situation, but in general, you can use any fluoride-based paste you normally use to avoid cavities. Flossing is important to remove plaque and food particles from around the crown to prevent decay.

It’s also important to eat a healthy diet low in sugar to maintain your dental health because acidic foods and beverages can erode the porcelain on the crown over time. 

To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque NM, Dr. Snyder, call (505)-293-7611, schedule an online consultation or visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.



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