5 Facts About Dental Crowns You Need to Know

Posted on: May 2, 2019

Dental crowns are a popular solution to a plethora of oral health issues. From cosmetic concerns to reconstruction, dental crowns offer a simple and virtually painless way for you to get back to living your life with confidence. 

Important facts about dental crowns

Below are five facts about dental crowns that everyone should know.

1. Dental crowns are comfortable

A crown is a “cap” shaped like a tooth, which is then placed over the tooth that has been altered to accommodate the crown. Once in place, the crown will help restore the tooth’s shape and size, so it will not feel abnormal. The crown will also help strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance.

2. Children can benefit from crowns

Crowns are often used to help keep a child’s primary baby teeth healthy. Because most kids love sugary foods, but not so much oral hygiene routines, they are often the victims of cavities. If their cavities go untreated, it could severely damage their baby teeth, causing them to decay well before they are due to fall out.

When this happens, crowns are used to either save a tooth that cannot support a filling or protect teeth from tooth decay. They can also help limit the use of general anesthesia for a child due to age, behavior or medical history. Some children cannot handle invasive procedures, which is why dental crowns make a great option.

3. There are many types of crowns

With the advancement of medical care, today’s dental society has made improvements in materials used to create dental crowns.

Stainless steel is mainly used for children’s crowns and temporary crowns in adults. It is a cost-effective material that does not require multiple visits to make sure it is the proper fit. The only drawback for this option is the fact that it is visible. These would be best used on out-of-sight molars.

Other common materials include: "porcelain fused to metal," "all resin," "all ceramic" and "all porcelain." These types of crowns are used more for cosmetic reasons than functionality. A patient might also opt for one of these types because of a metal allergy.

4. Onlays and three-quarter crowns provide coverage options

While traditional crowns will cover the whole tooth, this type of crown will act as a partial crown, which also means partial coverage.

5. Crowns can last many years

Typically, dental crowns can last five to 15 years, depending on the amount of “abuse” they are exposed to, which can include not brushing or flossing regularly, playing sports without a mouth guard, eating hard or sticky foods, biting on ice, biting on pencils and other non-edible objects, and so on. With a great oral hygiene routine, one can extend the life of dental crowns to the fullest capacity.


While nothing in life is perfect, dental crowns are pretty darn close. If you have further questions about this procedure and what it all entails, contact us today.

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