Various MaterialsWhile veneers are generally made of porcelain, dental crowns are built to be stronger. That is because porcelain veneers provide cosmetic solutions to tooth flaws, while crowns are designed to look great as they strengthen the tooth. Dentists today make crowns of porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to zirconia, zirconia, or plain metal. However, dental crowns are generally crafted from all ceramic. Ceramic is preferred by many dentists because it can be matched perfectly to surrounding teeth and is also very strong.
If your dentist recommends a crown, you may first need a root canal treatment on the tooth. A root canal is recommended if you have a deep cavity or major damage to the tooth structure. Not all patients who need crowns need root canals. After the tooth is healthy, your dentist will file down the tooth to make room for the crown. Next, your dentist creates a customized mold of your mouth. Finally, the mold is sent to a dental lab, and your crown is placed during one quick appointment.
You should not feel any discomfort or sensitivity after your dentist places your crown. If you do notice any pain, you should contact your dentist right away. This does not indicate a major problem but usually means that your crown needs to be adjusted. Just as you do with your natural teeth, make sure to brush your crown twice per day and floss every night before bed.