Dental Crowns, all you need to know

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What are Dental Crowns?

A crown is basically a cap for a damaged tooth. It can be made from a variety of materials, including zirconia and/or porcelain.

Crowns can be specifically designed to match your other teeth and offer aesthetically pleasing results, or you can have a simpler one over a molar that rarely shows.

Different kinds of materials can be used in crowns, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Zirconia
  • A combination of materials
  • When selecting the material for your crown, our dentists will consider factors such as:

  • Function of the tooth that needs the crown
  • Your tooth’s location
  • Position of your gum tissue
  • Color of the surrounding teeth
  • corone dentale illustrazione

    Illustration of a crown

    Crowns that we recommend: Zirconia-Ceramic

    One of the biggest advantages of zirconia is its strength and durability. Consider how much force your back teeth exert on the food that you chew.

    Not only the crown is durable, it is also aesthetic and can be made to match perfectly with the surrounging teeth. They're made by CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/manifacturing) so the design of the crowns is quite precise.

    Crowns are ready to be placed after only one visit, where the dentist files down the teeth and takes the impressions to send it to the lab.

    Dental crown care

    Once the crown is in, it’s important to take good care of it. Careful attention to your crown can prolong its life.

    • Practice careful brushing. If you’re not already brushing your teeth twice a day, it’s time to start. Consider using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth if your crown or the teeth around it are sensitive to heat or cold.
    • Flossing daily can help keep all your teeth in tip-top shape.
    • Avoid hard foods. Chewing ice or hard foods might cause your crown to crack, especially if you have a porcelain crown.
    • If you grind or clench your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect your crown and surrounding teeth.