It may surprise you that dental crowns were first used over nineteen hundred years ago by the wealthy Etruscans. During that time gold was the material of choice and through time other metals began to be used. Lead became very popular until it was learned that it contained high levels of toxicity.Â Tin, iron and tungsten also found their way into patientsâ€™ mouths over the years as well as the other precious metals, platinum and silver.
Today, gold remains the most effective material for the construction of dental crowns but a combination of its high price and its less than natural appearance led to a search for cheaper and more aesthetically pleasing materials.
There are a variety of reasons for dental crown treatment. One, it is often a viable solution when a tooth becomes endangered by a large cavity to help save the tooth. Second they are often used as a common means to strengthen the overall tooth structure after a root canal procedure and help in restoring the bite. Thirdly dental crowns are sometimes used to support removable partial dentures. Lastly and certainly not least dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes to help improve that great smile.