A crown on a molar or tooth
A crown is intended as a replacement for a tooth or molar. A crown consists of a cap that fits exactly over the tooth, as it were. This cap is made of porcelain, ceramic, metal or gold. The crown is fixed to the tooth or molar. This gives the tooth or molar its original shape and functionality as much as possible. A crown treatment is more extensive than a standard filling or veneers for a tooth.
When can you opt for a crown?
- When filling is no longer possible, for example in case of tooth decay or a broken molar. There is, as it were, too little tooth or more molar to place a filling.
- The dentist will almost always advise you to have a crown (in the future) after a root canal treatment.
- With a completely discolored tooth where veneers are not possible. This may be due to the condition of the tooth.
How long does a crown last?
Dental crowns can basically last 5 to 10 years or more. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits can extend the life of your crowns.
The difference between a crowns and veneers
There is a significant difference between crowns and veneers. Where with a crown the entire tooth or molar is replaced, with a veneer a layer of tooth-colored material will be stuck on your tooth or molar. In general, veneers are more often advised in the event of a crack, fissure, crooked teeth or discoloration of the teeth.