Dental Crowns—Yesterday and Today

Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry


Dental crowns have been around for a couple of thousand years. Archeology suggests that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., gold crowns were used to make artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums.

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to brighten and improve the appearance of one’s smile.

There are three common types of crowns are:

  1. All-porcelain (ceramic)
  2. Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  3. Gold

The material used is determined by several factors, depending on your unique situation. You will want to discuss this with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull which option would be best for you.

If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull  at 616-827-7019.  We have been serving patients in the Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI area since 1974. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.