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Either temporary or permanent, dental crowns protect your recently repaired tooth. When you have a decayed, cracked, or damaged tooth in some other way, you may undergo a major repairing procedure. After the procedure, your dentist will place a crown to save it from further damage. At first, a temporary crown comes in to provide immediate protection until the permanent one arrives. In this blog, you will get to know the difference between a temporary crown vs permanent crown.

Temporary Crown

As the name suggests, temporary crowns are not there to last long; therefore, they are made of cheap materials, mainly composite resin or acrylic. They are bonded using temporary cement, so it is easy to remove them later on. A temporary crown is strong enough to withstand a typical bite without deforming or falling apart. However, it cannot protect a repaired tooth for much longer.

Permanent Crown

A permanent crown is much stronger vs the temporary crown. It is usually made of ceramic porcelain composites, stainless steel, gold, or platinum alloys. The strength of these materials prevents the outer protective surface of restored teeth from chipping and breaking. For a permanent crown, your dentist will take an impression to send to the lab. This is to make sure that the permanent crown matches the opposite tooth and fits firmly on the repaired tooth. Once the crown arrives, this time, your dentist will use an extra-strong adhesive to fix the crown permanently. As it is a long-lasting solution, you will not need to replace your permanent crown for at least 5 to 15 years.


If you want to know more about the difference between the two types of crowns or are planning to get one. Call Angleton Family Dental and Orthodontics at 979-308-4450, we will be more than happy to help you.

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