How Crowns are Used to Fix Broken or Chipped Teeth?

How Crowns are Used to Fix Broken or Chipped Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Roy B. Guster on Nov 29 2020, 10:06 PM

How Crowns are Used to Fix Broken or Chipped Teeth?

Have you ever wondered, what if you met with an accident and broke your tooth? What will you do? That's even worse than losing a tooth, right? Or are you someone who has already fallen prey to the accidents and have lost the tooth? 

In either of the cases, there is no need to worry. Thanks to the development in dental science, you can now retain your broken tooth, no matter how badly damaged it is. The dentist uses a crown that makes sure that the affected part is covered and gives an aesthetic appearance. 

Generally, crowns are used in the situation where the situation has reached to an extent where a filling won't help in restoring its natural functions.

The process begins when the dentist brings the size of the tooth to an extent where the crown can be placed on it. This is done by reducing the size of the tooth, then the impression of the teeth is taken to make a custom crown, which is done in the lab. Till you get the permanent crown, a temporary crown is placed on your tooth. During the second visit, the permanent crown is cemented in its place. 

Types of Dental Crowns

There are typically four types of dental crowns that are widely used and are briefed below.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown, these are the most natural-looking crowns which are often seen using on the front teeth and bridges. These crowns are stronger because they contain a metal base.

All-Ceramic or All Porcelain, the faster wearing of opposing teeth happens because of this crown; they can easily be color-matched to your remaining teeth. 

Resin Dental Crown, these are cheap and are less durable compared to the other crowns and are more prone towards getting fractured. For preparing the temporary crowns, the material used is Resin. 

Metal Crown, these are the crowns which are made of gold, palladium, nickel. These crowns are strong enough to support the teeth for grinding, biting purposes, and they last longer compared to other crowns. One disadvantage is, they cannot be color-matched and are usually used for molars.

Based on the gentle usage of these crowns, they can last for somewhere around six to fifteen years. However, the fragile nature of porcelain might need replacement after some time. 


At Roy B. Foster, our experienced team will help retain your smile back. Reach out to us on-call (773) 445-1009 by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.


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