Has your dentist told you that you need a tooth crown? Are you wondering what to expect from your treatment?
Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative procedures. But since they serve many different functions and can be made of a range of materials, patients often have questions about the treatment.
Dr. Gary Horblitt is committed to patient education so you can feel confident about your dental care. After reading through the FAQs below, if you have additional questions, please contact our office. We are happy to explain your options. Then we will schedule you for a thorough restorative consultation.
When is a tooth crown necessary?
Dr. Horblitt may recommend a dental crown for a number of reasons.
- You have decay that is too extensive for a filling.
- You need root canal therapy.
- Your tooth is cracked, worn down, or weakened.
- You are missing teeth and need crowns to hold up a dental bridge.
- You have a severely discolored or cosmetically compromised tooth.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
Crowns may be made from several different materials.
- Metal: Gold and other metals are extremely strong, but the material will not blend in with your smile.
- Porcelain: Porcelain can be a near-perfect match to your teeth, though it is not as durable as a metal crown.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: You could also receive a crown made primarily of metal and coated with porcelain that will match your teeth. Over time, however, the darker metal may start to show through.
- Zirconia: An innovative, newer material, zirconia is nearly as strong as metal and is even more realistic than porcelain.
How long does a crown last?
A crown’s lifespan will depend on several factors, including the material from which it is made.
- Metal crowns can last twenty years or more. Studies show that gold crowns have a 96% survival rate over ten years.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns typically last 5-15 years.
- Zirconia crowns can last fifteen years or more. Of all tooth-colored crowns, they are the least likely to fracture.
What is an implant-supported crown?
An implant-supported crown can replace a single missing tooth. Unlike a traditional crown, which rests on a damaged tooth, an implant-supported crown sits on an implant post. Unlike a bridge, an implant-supported crown does not affect the nearby teeth. Furthermore, implant-supported crowns are highly successful. Studies show a five year survival rate of 96.3% and a ten year survival rate of 89.4%.
Do I have to change my diet if I have a tooth crown?
No! You may want to eat a soft diet for a few days after you receive your crown. But once initial sensitivity subsides, your crown will function just like a natural tooth.
Of course, to protect your restoration, it is important to eat a healthy diet. Limit sugar and refined carbohydrates, which lead to decay. Drink plenty of water and brush your teeth at least twice daily.