A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap which is placed to cover the tooth or to restore its shape, size, strength and improve appearance.
Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, ceramic.
Temporary crowns are made dentist’s office whereas permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory.
For crown preparation, 2 dental visits are required.
In the first visit, the dentist will examine by taking X-rays. They take the impressions of your teeth and send it to a laboratory for permanent crowns.
The dentist will cover the prepared tooth with a temporary crown until the permanent is made.
The dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.
Onlays and 3/4 crowns are variations of dental crowns. They cover the underlying tooth to a lesser extent.
With good oral care, dental crowns last between five and 15 years.
The crowned tooth does not require any special care but needs to be protected from decay or gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
The cost of crowns depends on the type of crown you select. Gold crowns are more expensive than any other crowns.