Dental Crowns FAQ
Dental crowns have been around for decades. They are an ideal solution for restoring the functionality and aesthetics of a badly damaged tooth. While many are familiar dental crowns, there are still patients who have questions about this restorative option. Here are some FAQs about crowns that can help you feel more informed:
What is a crown?
A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap that encases all visible sides of a damaged tooth. It can be made of natural-looking materials that restore the tooth’s integrity, shape, color and functionality.
How will my crown last?
Generally speaking, a crown is expected to last at least 7 to 10 years with normal wear and good care. However, this is influenced by the type of material used to make your crown as well as where it is placed in your mouth. Some crowns can last up to 50 years! It is important to be aware of signs that show your crown has maxed out its lifespan and know when it may be affecting adjacent teeth. In addition, patients should care for their crown like they would a natural tooth.
What material will my crown be made of?
There are several options when it comes to dental crown material. It largely depends on your personal preferences and budget needs. The three most common materials used to make dental crowns are gold, porcelain-fused-to metal (PFM) and all porcelain. Each of these may vary in cost, appearance and longevity.
What if I have an old crown that looks fake?
If you had a crown placed years ago that was not carefully crafted, it may begin to look unnatural and even show a black line around its bottom edges. This is because the crown has started to separate from the gums. Rest assured that your crown can be replaced with ease. You can benefit from a new custom crown that offers a seamless and more natural blend for your smile.
Is there an alternative to getting a crown?
It depends on why you need the crown in the first place. If you were purely looking to correct an aesthetic flaw, such as a misshapen tooth, then you may have other options in cosmetic dentistry. If your tooth damage is not too large or extensive, you may be able to restore it using a tooth-colored filling. However, when damage has penetrated the inner tooth structures or the decay is too large for a filling to repair, a dental crown is your only and best option.
Have more questions about dental crowns? Call Cosmetic Dentistry of Hayward. When it comes to crafting your crown, we utilize a remarkable level of talent, artistry and skill.
Cosmetic Dentistry of Hayward
Hayward, CA 94545