Dental crowns can restore teeth otherwise not restorable with filling. A dental crown is bonded over a tooth restoring it to better than it originally was.
Advantages of dental crowns
Porcelain crowns or dental crowns are the strongest dental restoration. They protect the entire surface from decay, damage or erosion. They can make your teeth look and feel brand new.
Dental crown indication
- A dental crown is often needed to protect teeth after root canal treatment.
- Badly damaged teeth are best protected with dental crowns.
- Severe tooth wear from erosion or grinding of teeth.
- Discoloured large fillings can be cosmetically enhanced and protected with porcelain crowns.
Types of dental crowns
Dental crowns are usually made of:
- Porcelain bonded to metal alloy. Conventional strong long lasting crowns.
- Gold crowns. Increasingly rare nowadays but very long lasting and used in very strong and 'tight' bite situations.
- Porcelain crowns. For the best cosmetic results porcelain crowns or ceramic crowns can provide a very natural appearance.
Success rates of dental crowns
If you look after dental crowns like your own teeth i.e. maintain a good oral hygiene program, good diet and attend regular dental check-ups, dental crowns can last 10-15 years or longer.