Many people believe that if they need dental work done that everyone will be able to tell afterwards. Many years ago this may have been the case, but with today’s great advancements in dental technology most dental work is finished with high quality, natural looking materials. One of the most powerful tools used to create a natural smile after dental work is crowns.

What are Crowns?

Crowns act much like a cap for a tooth, replacing part or most of it. A crown is fitted and bonded to a tooth typically after work has been done that results in much of the tooth being removed or if the tooth is very damaged.

What can Crowns be used for?

Crowns are most often used as the “finishing touches” for many dental procedures. However, many people elect to have them to even out their smiles. Crowns have been used to help eliminate the appearance of jagged teeth and even to help fix people’s bites.

Are there different types of Crowns?

There are many different types of crowns that are made from many different materials. The most popular ones today are made up of porcelain, resin, or a combination of the two. Some are made entirely of metal while others are porcelain bound to metal. There are many different combinations of materials and many can be used as the sole material for a crown itself. Some crowns are used when a procedure can’t be finished in a certain time frame, such as root canals, and so they are considered temporary crowns. Temporary crowns can also be used in dental emergencies to hold you over until you can schedule a full, complete appointment.