Are dental crowns strong enough to chew food?

The materials today in fabricating dental crowns are very strong and at the same time very esthetic looking. Whether it is an all porcelain crown or gold crown, if made properly can withstand the forces of normal chewing. Of course you should be careful with foods that stick to your teeth (that might pull the crown off) or bones (that when biting could chip the crown if it is porcelain).
Yes, dental crowns are made of porcelain and usually fused to a strong undercarriage of metal (a gold containing alloy). The only thing you need to be careful of is eating very sticky foods. Candy or chewing gum can sometimes pull on the crown, loosening it. If the crown is pulled off the tooth, you will need to see your dentist to have it re-cemented.
Crowns are strong enough to chew food; however, depending on the material that is used in the fabrication of the crown, care must be taken with certain foods, usually very hard foods.

Often the outer surface of the crown is made of porcelain, which can fracture under the right circumstances no matter how perfectly a crown is fabricated. Also, even with a crown, excessive biting force can damage the underlying tooth, just as it might without a crown.

In addition, because of the potential for porcelain fracture, a full cast all metal crown is often suggested for second molars.
Dental crowns actually are often used to strengthen teeth and are strong enough to chew food. A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.

If you have questions about getting a crown, be sure to ask your dentist.

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