Dental Crowns – What Are Dental Crowns?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a damaged tooth. It can be made of porcelain, metals like gold or other materials, or a combination of materials.


Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are popular because they offer strength and a natural appearance. They do, however, require that your dentist remove more of the tooth than other types of crowns.

Natural Appearance

Dental crowns are a popular restorative treatment option that also offers cosmetic advantages. They are custom-made to match the color shade of a patient’s natural teeth, and they can also be constructed to fit the unique size, shape, and appearance of that tooth. This means that when a patient smiles, the dental crown work is unnoticeable to anyone else.

The material that is chosen for a dental crown can also impact its aesthetics. For example, a crown that is used to cover a back molar might be crafted from porcelain fused metal alloy (PFM), which is more sturdy than all-ceramic or zirconia crowns. However, these crowns are not as natural-looking as ceramic or porcelain crowns.

Modern ceramic crowns are created using feldspathic porcelain, which is a translucent material that reflects light like the enamel layer of a natural tooth. This material is layered over a core made from tetragonal zirconia, creating subtle cooperation that produces natural color dynamics and makes the crown appear closer to the tooth’s histo-anatomic dentin structure than monolithic zirconia crowns.


The longevity of dental crowns depends on many factors, such as the type of materials they are made from and the patient’s oral habits. When properly cared for, they can last up to 20 years or more. They are also durable enough to withstand the normal biting and chewing forces of the mouth.

Metal crowns, such as base-metal alloy or PFM (porcelain fused to metal), are the most durable. They are strong and long-lasting and bond well with the natural teeth they replace. They require very little tooth structure to be removed, preserving the core for strength. These crowns rarely chip or fracture, and they don’t wear down the teeth they bite against.

Porcelain crowns are the most aesthetic, and they allow for some light to pass through them as real enamel does, making them luminous. These are typically fabricated using feldspathic porcelain, and they may be bonded directly to the tooth or milled over cores from materials like zirconia (although these have inferior translucency to lithium disilicate). Emax crowns, a newer option, use a translucent zirconia core that is layered with veneering porcelain.


Dental crowns can cover and protect teeth when regular fillings aren’t enough, or a tooth is broken or has undergone root canal therapy. They can also replace a missing tooth, as well as improve the look and feel of a smile.

Your dentist will first prepare your tooth, which can involve removing damaged or decayed parts of the tooth, or cleaning and shaping it for the new cap. They’ll then take a mold of your tooth to ensure that the crown fits correctly and takes on a natural shape.

Different types of crowns are available depending on what type of materials you prefer, and what’s best for your health or aesthetics. For example, monolithic zirconia crowns are the strongest in dentistry, but are not as good-looking as porcelain-fused or glass-infiltrated alumina crowns.

Regardless of the type of dental crown you choose, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings, checkups and fluoride treatments. These will help to promote the lifespan of your crowns and teeth, and prevent any future complications like chipping or cracking.


While some patients assume that getting crowns placed will be painful, this procedure is actually quite comfortable. This is due to the tools and methods used by Woodbridge Comfort Dental. We are committed to keeping your discomfort to a minimum!

Dental crowns are a great way to repair damaged, decayed, or discolored teeth. They also protect the underlying tooth and help to prevent future problems.

In addition, dental crowns can help to improve oral health by filling in gaps and sealing off harmful bacteria that could cause further damage. They can also help to correct speech issues such as slurred or lisped speech that may result from missing or damaged teeth.

There are a few different types of dental crowns available to suit a variety of needs and budgets. Porcelain & ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and resin crowns all offer advantages in terms of aesthetics, durability, and cost. We will advise you on the best option for your unique situation. The good news is that most crowns last a very long time, especially when they are cared for properly.

Ease of Maintenance

Dental crowns provide a protective covering to the damaged teeth and prevent bacteria in the mouth from contacting these sensitive areas. This can help reduce the sensitivity and discomfort that many patients experience after their procedures.

The dentist will take a series of measurements and construct the crown with state-of-the-art equipment to match the shape, size, and color of the surrounding teeth. This ensures that the crown will not interfere with eating, drinking or speech. It will also prevent the damaged tooth from becoming more vulnerable to decay and damage.

Patients will still need to practice good oral hygiene to keep the rest of their teeth healthy, but they can feel safe in the knowledge that any damage caused by a cavity or infection is contained within the protected tooth structure. Patients should avoid chewing hard or sticky foods (like popcorn kernels or ice cubes), as these can damage or break the crown. They should also avoid bad habits like grinding or clenching their teeth and should visit their dentist regularly to ensure that any problems are picked up early before they become more serious.