Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are common dental procedures used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth. A solid cap or crown is placed over a tooth to protect it and prevent further decay.

Common Reasons for a Crown:

  • Your tooth is broken or severely worn down (from years of grinding): A crown can restore your tooth, making it possible to eat and sleep normally.
  • Your tooth has decayed or cracked: A crown can be used to hold your tooth together.
  • You have a large cavity: A crown can be used to cover your tooth and keep it safe and strong.
  • You have a misshapen or badly discoloured tooth: A crown can be used to cover it up.
  • You are missing a tooth: A crown can be placed on an implant to replace a tooth.

What Types of Permanent Crowns Are The Best?

Based on your personal needs, there a few options when deciding on the type of crown.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain:
These crowns are made entirely of ceramic or porcelain material no metal. These crowns offer beautiful, life-like restorations and can be used for front or back teeth.

Metal crowns
These crowns are usually made from gold alloy, palladium, or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. Less of the original tooth structure needs to be removed, and there tends to be less wear on the opposing teeth that make contact with the crown during chewing and speaking.

Metal crowns rarely break and usually last the longest. It takes a long time to wear down a piece of metal. When used, they are typically used for back teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal

These crowns contain metal, but also have a porcelain veneer that can be made to match the colour of your other teeth. While the newer porcelain crowns are now replacing these, they can give a strong, long-lasting restoration.


These crowns are made of an inexpensive synthetic material called resin, a chemical composite used in dental restorations. All-resin crowns are the least expensive, but not as strong as other crowns. They should be considered a transitional restoration until an appropriate crown can be made.

Talk to your dentist to find out which crown is best for you. You’re going to be living with this crown for many years, so make sure you are comfortable with its fit, durability, and style. Once you’ve decided, get ready for the royal treatment.

If you have any questions about dental crowns or if they are right for you, contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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