What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over the tooth. Its purpose is to restore the shape, size, strength and improve its appearance.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Restoring broken or severely worn down tooth
- Protecting a weak tooth or holding together the parts of cracked tooth
- Covering or supporting a tooth with a large filling
- Holding dental bridge in place
- Covering a dental implant
- Making a cosmetic modification
Dental Crowns when recommended to children
- In case the tooth decay cannot support the filling
- When a child cannot maintain the daily oral hygiene and running the risk of tooth decay
- When children cannot cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.
Types of Crowns
Stainless Steel Crowns
Permanent crowns made from stainless steel or gold or alloy or porcelain fused metal are used on permanent teeth as temporary measure to protect tooth or filling. Children are generally covered with stainless steel crown protecting the entire tooth from further decay. When primary tooth comes out making room for the permanent tooth, the crown naturally slips out. Stainless steel crowns are given to children because they don’t need multiple visits to dentists. For children it is more a cost-effective proposition.
All porcelain crowns
All porcelain crowns are very strong and aesthetic crowns for the front and the back teeth. They are kind to the gum tissue and restore the naturallook and function of our teeth. All porcelain crowns are the only recommended restoration for front teeth.
Extremely strong all white restorations recomended for mollars due their ability to withstand strong cheeing forces.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns
A metal restoration with porcelain cover that helps protect a broken or decayed tooth. The drawback of metal crowns are the dark lines that for around the gum and recurrence of decay due to a lack of bonding forces.
Only proper maintenance of the crowns at regular dentist’s place could increase the life span of the crown till 15 years.