In the previous post we explained that if a tooth has been damaged but is not completely lost, a crown can be used to restore its function, shape and appearance. There are different types of crowns and crowns can be made from a variety of materials, so depending on which tooth needs a crown, your dentist will suggest the right material (or combination of materials) for the tooth in question.

Porcelain crowns look the most natural. They are more brittle than metal or composite and may chip more easily. Because of this, they are not usually placed on back teeth.

Composite crowns look natural and they won’t chip as easily as porcelain crowns, but they tend to wear more quickly from chewing. Tooth brushing tends to remove the highly polished surface of composite crowns and this causes them to stain more easily.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look natural and are stronger than porcelain or composite crowns. They won’t chip as easily as porcelain or ceramic crowns. However, depending on their design, the metal may show if your gums are thin or shrink.

Metal crowns are made of gold. They generally last a long time and won’t chip or break and tend not to wear down your opposing natural teeth. Because the gold colour does not look natural, metal crowns are often used for the back teeth and not the front.

Though not exactly as tough as your natural tooth, any type of crown you receive should be quite strong and will generally last for at least 10 years if you take good care of them. This means regular brushing, flossing and dental visits, just like your natural teeth. Like your natural teeth, remember to avoid biting down on hard things to avoid breaking the crown, or another natural tooth!

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Types of Crowns and Crown Care

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