If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, your dentist has probably suggested a crown. Even though a crown is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures, it's important to understand exactly what it is and how it helps, especially with other options you might have available.
A crown, put simply, is a covering for replacing tooth structure that’s been lost due to damage or decay. It’s also commonly called a “jacket” or a “cap,” because it covers the top of your tooth.
There are several reasons to consider a crown:
The neat thing about a crown is that it can be used with other procedures like a bridge or an implant:
Like many other dental procedures, getting a crown is a multi-step process, but it’s not particularly difficult. The most important part is making sure the crown properly fits to the tooth it’s going to cover.
A crown is usually made of porcelain, metal (like gold or stainless steel) or a combination of the two. Your options may include:
A crown can be a great option if you need to protect a tooth, and if you take care of it, your crown is likely to last anywhere from ten to 20 years.
The usual rules apply: Brush and floss daily, maintain regular dental visits and see your dentist if anything seems out of the ordinary.
Last updated February 7, 2022
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