When you drive through your city, does it seem that there is a dental office on every corner? This is because taking care of your teeth is an extremely important part of your health to prevent gum disease, heart-related issues, and more. Additionally, a beautiful smile can bring confidence and joy to your life.

But what happens when you have a tooth that is discolored, damaged, or decaying? Pulling the tooth is not typically the first line of defense. A knowledgeable dentist will first attempt to save the tooth by placing a dental crown.

If you have a tooth that you are concerned about and believe a dental crown could help, continue reading before visiting your dentist to learn more about how they work and how often this method is used in dental care.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a prosthetic device that is placed over the top of a damaged, decaying or broken tooth. They are used to protect a weak tooth from further damage, breakage, or falling out. Dental crowns are also sometimes referred to as dental caps and can be used over a tooth that has had root canal treatment or other restorative work. Depending on the type of material you use, a dental crown feels and looks like a natural tooth, and in many cases, you would never know that you have had dental work done.

What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?

Dental crowns can be made from various materials. The type of crown you get depends on your dentist’s preferences, location in your mouth, potential allergies, permanence, and price. For instance, metal crowns are very durable and cost-effective but are only used for molars or teeth in the back of your mouth because their coloring is metal and, therefore, unsightly if used on a tooth in the front. Stainless steel is often used as a temporary crown or for children’s baby teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal is also a cost-effective option that mimics the look of a natural tooth, but this porcelain is prone to chipping therefore, it may not be a permanent option. If you are looking for a permanent crown with the lowest potential of replacement, a ceramic or all-porcelain crown is often the best choice. This option is also the most expensive, but your dental insurance company may pay for some portion of the cost.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

As mentioned above, the type of material used for a dental crown can highly affect the permanence of the crown. But, in many cases, crowns that are placed and appropriately cemented can sometimes last for 15 years to a lifetime. In most cases, the permanency depends on the location and type of use the crown sees. For example, rough use, such as chewing hard candies or ice, is the most common reason crowns fall out. Therefore, if you take special care of your dental crown, it is likely to last you a long time.

So, How Common Are Dental Crowns?

You may be surprised to know that dental crowns are very commonly used. In America, over 15 million people have dental crowns to strengthen their teeth. Therefore, the likelihood of you knowing someone with a dental crown is very high.

Are you in need of a dental crown? Don’t put off taking care of your dental health. Call East Valley Dental Professionals to schedule an appointment today.