Preserving Teeth with Dental Crowns

There is no denying that dental health is paramount to overall well-being, and sometimes, despite our best efforts at dental hygiene, teeth can become damaged or decayed. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a robust solution to preserve and protect our teeth: dental crowns. As an integral part of dental restoration, dental crowns play a significant role in maintaining oral health and function. In this article, we delve into the world of dental crowns, exploring their importance, the process of getting one, and how they contribute to long-lasting dental health.

Understanding Dental Crowns

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are custom tooth prosthetics that cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. A dentist recommends a crown when a tooth has a large cavity that is too big for a filling, has undergone significant wear, or is cracked, broken, or otherwise compromised. Crowns restore tooth shape, size, strength, and appearance.

The Role of Dental Crowns in Tooth Restoration

A dental crown serves several restorative purposes. It strengthens a weakened tooth and improves its appearance, shape, and alignment. In cases where tooth structure is insufficient to hold a filling, crowns provide an excellent solution to preserve the tooth’s functionality. Moreover, dental crowns can be utilized alongside dental bridges to replace missing teeth, seamlessly restoring one’s smile.

The Process of Getting a Dental Crown

Initial Dental Cleaning and Examination

Before considering a dental crown, dentists thoroughly clean and examine the tooth in question. This allows them to assess the extent of the damage and determine if a crown is the best course of action. X-rays may also be taken to evaluate the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone.

Preparing the Tooth

When a dental crown is considered necessary, the dentist prepares the tooth by recontouring it on the chewing surface, including the sides, to accommodate the crown. The quantity extracted is contingent on the kind of crown employed. The dentist might augment the tooth’s core if more tooth structure is required to uphold the crown.

Taking Impressions

After the tooth is reshaped, an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth is made. The model is then forwarded to a dental laboratory, where the crown is manufactured. In some dental offices, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology enables dentists to produce the crown on-site in a single visit.

Temporary Crown Placement

When the crown is being fabricated in a lab, a temporary crown is placed to protect the prepared tooth. This temporary crown is usually made of acrylic-based materials and secured with temporary cement.

Final Placement of the Dental Crown

After the permanent crown is prepared, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted if needed to ensure it fits and aligns correctly before being cemented in place. This process helps restore the tooth’s original function and appearance.

Types of Dental Crowns

Materials Used in Dental Crowns

Various materials can be utilized in the production of dental crowns, including porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal alloys, composite resin, or a combination of these materials. The choice of material is influenced by factors such as the tooth’s location, the patient’s bite, and aesthetic considerations.

Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular for their natural appearance and are often used for front teeth restorations. They can be matched to the color of the patient’s natural teeth and are suitable for people with metal allergies.

Metal and Gold Crowns

Metal crowns, which may include gold or other alloys, are extremely durable and resist wear over time. They are a good choice for out-of-sight molars that require a strong restoration.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns offer a combination of strength and aesthetics. They consist of a metal core covered by porcelain and can be color-matched to adjacent teeth. However, the metal under the porcelain can sometimes show a dark line on the gum.

Maintaining Your Dental Crowns

Regular Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups

During these routine visits, your dentist can assess the condition of your crowns and identify and address any potential issues before it escalates and becomes serious.

Oral Hygiene Practices

Proper and routine oral hygiene practices are essential for maintaining dental crowns. By adhering to the recommended routine of brushing, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash, you can help prevent oral health issues like decay and gum disease that could impact the crowned tooth and the surrounding teeth.

Avoiding Harmful Habits

Avoid chewing on hard foods or tough objects that can damage the crown. Additionally, it is strongly advised to avoid using your teeth as tools. Do not use teeth to open bottles and packaging or to bite nails, as these actions can place excessive stress on the crown.

Advantages and Considerations of Dental Crowns

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer several advantages, such as protecting weak teeth from breaking, restoring broken teeth, covering discolored or misshapen teeth, and offering a long-term solution for tooth restoration.

Potential Considerations

While dental crowns are a reliable restoration method, there are potential considerations to be aware of. These may include sensitivity to temperature after the procedure, the possibility of the crown becoming loose or falling out, and, in rare cases, an allergic reaction to the crown material.


Dental crowns are a cornerstone of dental restoration, providing a durable solution for damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns have the potential to last many years with proper care, contributing to a healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing smile. If you suspect you may need a dental crown, consult with your dentist to discuss the best options for preserving your teeth and maintaining your oral health.


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