The field of dentistry is evolving rapidly, thanks to extensive research, improved materials, and new technology. Although many traditional techniques have fallen out of favor over the years, dental crowns are a tried-and-true solution that maintains its popularity. In fact, crowns are more versatile than ever.


In ancient times a variety of materials, including bone and human teeth, were used for dental restorations. Gold was the first durable, biocompatible dental material. In 1905, the first porcelain “jacket” crown was created, paving the way for the beautiful cosmetic restorations available today. Stainless steel is also used, especially for restoring primary teeth, or as temporary restorations.

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Many patients ask what material is best, but that depends on many factors. Gold is certainly the most durable, and non-damaging to other teeth. It could be considered the perfect material for restorations, except for two things: price and appearance. Porcelain, or porcelain fused to a metal base can be made to match your smile perfectly at a much lower price, making these options the most popular among patients.

Types of crowns

There are two types of crowns. One is a false tooth, which is attached to a dental implant. What most people think of when they hear “dental crown” is the traditional type, which shrouds the tooth in a hard material, protecting it and restoring function. They may be temporary or permanent.

  • Temporary crowns are typically made from a less expensive material, but they are designed for maximum comfort and functionality. The most important difference is the cement. A temporary adhesive compound is used, so that your dentist can remove the crown easily and comfortably without damaging the tooth. This also means the crown can be accidently dislodged, so you will need to be careful with hard or sticky foods.
  • Permanent crowns are created in a dental laboratory, from impressions of your tooth. The process usually takes a couple of weeks. Dr. Dietrich will verify the fit and appearance of the crown, and make any necessary adjustments, before bonding it in place. Once the procedure is complete, your tooth should be pain free and trouble free for many, many years.

Call (708) 576-1900 for more information or an appointment. Pleasant Dental® is located Dolton, IL, convenient to South Holland and other area communities.

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