What are Dental Crowns?

What is a dental crown? Crowns by RIchmond Dental Centre

A crown is a cap or covering that either fully or partially covers the tooth to improve its appearance or strength. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.

Crowns are made from porcelain, a blend of porcelain and metal, or of gold. Gold is usually used in places that are not highly visible in your mouth whereas porcelain, which is tooth coloured, is used in the more visible areas.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

While crowns can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Prevent damage to your new crown, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

Make sure you see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

Contact Richmond Dental Centre for more information and advice or book an appointment today!