Dentistry is an art as well as a science. In the past few years, both aspects have advanced greatly. We now rarely need to use a metal base for crown. Today’s “porcelain” crowns are actually much more durable than the metal-ceramic crowns of the past, and in addition, they are extraordinarily natural-looking. In contrast with the days of the “grey line” at the gumline, a zirconia or e.max crown blends in perfectly with teeth to be as close to “invisible” as we have ever accomplished.
A dental crown, also called “caps,” is a strong, tooth-colored covering that fits over the previously decayed, damaged, cracked, or unattractive tooth. The root of the tooth remains in place; only the visible portion of the tooth is covered. While not technically indestructible, under normal conditions, today’s crowns hold up very well. They still require cleaning, and it is still quite possible to get decay around the edges or margins. Regular dental checkups in combination with excellent home care and a healthy (low sugar) diet are your best chance to have a crown for a long time without needing to replace it. Where necessary, crowns are an exceptionally good investment in your oral health, comfort, and appearance.