The tooth has 2 basic sections - the root and the crown. The tooth crown is the exterior "cover" of the tooth. A dental crown is a restoration that is cemented atop the natural crown.
There are many different situations where a dental crown may be needed. Patients who have a large filling that covers over half the tooth's width need a dental crown for tooth protection and strengthening. After a root canal, the tooth is hollowed out, so a dental crown is needed to keep the tooth stable and to keep it from fracturing. If a tooth is fractured or otherwise damaged, a crown may be used to protect the damaged area and to prevent further damage. Dental crowns are also used for cosmetic purposes, for example, if a tooth is severely darkened or otherwise damaged a crown can conceal that damage completely.
A variety of materials may be used to create dental crowns today. Crowns can be made from porcelain, composite resin, stainless steel, gold alloy, or other metal alloys. Each type of crown has its own unique advantages and potential drawbacks, from cost to appearance. The dental care team at Sunrise Dental of SeaTac is happy to help each patient determine which is ideal for their situation.
The typical lifespan for a dental crown is 10 to 20 years. Just like natural teeth, dental crowns can be damaged, so patients should be sure that they treat their crowns with the same care that they give to their natural teeth. During regular dental check-ups, the dentist will evaluate the condition of the crown to make sure it is still in good shape and protecting the tooth properly.
At Sunrise Dental of SeaTac, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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