Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. Here are the pros and cons of dental crowns:

Pros:

  1. Restoration of Functionality: Dental crowns can restore the functionality of a damaged tooth by protecting it from further decay or damage. They can also improve chewing and speaking abilities.

  2. Strength and Durability: Crowns are generally strong and durable, providing long-term protection for weakened or cracked teeth.

  3. Cosmetic Improvement: Crowns can enhance the appearance of a tooth by improving its shape, size, and color. They can be made to match the natural teeth for a seamless look.

  4. Versatility: Crowns can be used to cover a tooth with a large filling, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, restore a fractured tooth, attach a bridge, cover a dental implant, or cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.

  5. Protection: Crowns can protect a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment from further damage or infection.

Cons:

  1. Cost: Dental crowns can be expensive, especially if you need multiple crowns or if you choose a material like porcelain.

  2. Temporary Crowns: You may need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent crown to be made. Temporary crowns may not have the same aesthetic quality or durability as permanent crowns.

  3. Sensitivity: Some people may experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures immediately after getting a crown. This sensitivity typically resolves on its own.

  4. Removal of Tooth Structure: To place a crown, the dentist needs to remove some of the natural tooth structure. This is irreversible and means the tooth will always need a crown or other restoration to protect it.

  5. Potential for Damage: While crowns are strong, they can still chip or crack under certain circumstances, such as biting down on hard foods or objects.

A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a restoration that covers a tooth to protect and strengthen it. Here’s a brief overview:

Purpose:

– Protect a weak or damaged tooth from breaking
– Restore a tooth that’s already broken or worn down
– Support a tooth with a large filling
– Anchor a dental bridge
– Improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth

Types:

– Permanent crowns (gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or zirconia)
– Temporary crowns (made of acrylic or stainless steel)