Are All Dental Crowns the Same?
If your dentist has ever recommended you receive a dental crown, it is great to know what a dental crown is and to be informed on what your options are.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth. Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. While some people prefer full gold or metal crowns, the most common crowns are either full porcelain/ceramic crowns or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. These types of crowns are both very strong and aethetically pleasing which make them ideal for most patients. The cost difference between various crown types is typically quite minimal, and so I usually suggest that patients choose the type of crown that they will be pleased with for the long-term.
There are many reasons why a dental crown might be recommended by your dentist. A dental crown is most often recommended for teeth that are weakened from a completed root canal or other procedure, decay, or due to breakage. Crowns are also often recommended for cosmetic purposes.
Depending on the office, your crown may be prepared in your dentist's office and then sent to a lab for completion. In this situation, you will leave the office with a temporary crown and return when the lab has completed the crown to have it seated. On occasion, these temporary crowns may break or come off and you would then return to your dentist to have the temporary recemented. However, some offices offer what are termed "same-day crowns", which are crowns which are designed, prepared and seated all within the same visit, which eliminates the need for a return appointment or other potential lab delays.
So, while all dental crowns are not the same, choosing a dentist that provides high quality crowns made from high quality materials will ensure that you are happy with your investment for many years to come.