First, let us define what a crown is: a crown is a “cap” customized to cover the patient’s teeth. Generally, this process restores the shape and size of the tooth, increases its strength, or enhances its performance. In the process of success, the crown is glued in place to perfectly wrap the teeth to provide adequate protection.
Crowns are often used in the following situations:
- The big hole that cannot be filled.
- Missing teeth when a bridge is needed.
- Coverage of dental implants.
- Teeth are cracked, worn, or fragile.
- Root canal repair.
- Cosmetic reasons, such as tooth discoloration or poor shape.
- Crowns can also be used in pediatric dentistry.
For example, if the primary teeth are damaged by tooth decay, in extreme cases, such as poor oral hygiene or aversion to general anesthesia, a crown may be needed.
Temporary Crown vs Permanent Crown
Before installing a permanent crown, the dentist will shave the patient’s teeth to prepare the teeth to ensure the correct shape of the crown. After the teeth are shaved, a temporary crown made of the patient’s natural teeth will be placed. These temporary crowns help protect the teeth that have just been shaved from damage and ensure that patients can work properly before installing their permanent crowns. Since temporary crowns only need to last a few weeks, they are made of less expensive materials such as acrylic or certain types of metal.
Different crown materials: what is the crown made of?
According to the needs and preferences of the patient, the crown can be made of various materials. The factors that the dentist will use to determine which crown is suitable for their patient includes their tooth position, the color of the surrounding teeth, the condition of the teeth, and the necessary functions of the teeth. As mentioned earlier, temporary crowns can be made in the dentist’s office to cover the teeth, while permanent crowns are usually done in a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic-based materials or stainless steel.
Stainless steel crowns
Stainless steel crowns are usually a temporary solution to protect teeth or fillings when preparing permanent crowns (made of different materials). Stainless steel crowns are commonly used in children to protect deciduous teeth from additional corrosion-so that when the permanent teeth arrive, the crowns are naturally exposed. made from metal Metal crowns usually include alloys with high gold/platinum content or base metal alloys such as cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium. These alloys can withstand long-term biting and chewing wear and are considered very durable because they rarely chip or break. Color is the main disadvantage, which is why they are commonly used for molars near the back of the mouth.
Although crowns made up entirely of resin are not as expensive as other crowns, in the long run, their tendency to wear or break is indeed higher than the wear rate of ceramic fused metal crowns.
All-ceramic or all-ceramic
These crowns are easily regarded as the best cosmetic choice. Their natural color scheme is far better than any other material, and they are definitely more suitable for patients with metal allergies. All-ceramic or all-ceramic crowns are often used for anterior restorations because they have the most natural appearance.