What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-like material cap that is placed over your tooth. It covers your tooth to restore its shape and size, strength or appearance. Once a crown is cemented into place it will fully encase the visible portion of a tooth that is above the gum line. A dental crown may be necessary for any of these situations:

  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold the tooth together
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover misshapen or discolored teeth
  • To cover or support a tooth with a large filling

Which Materials Are Crowns Available In?

There are a few types of materials available for a crown to be crafted from. These are:

Metal: Metal crowns include gold alloy or other alloys. With comparison of other crown materials, less tooth structure is removed with metal crown, and wearing of the tooth is kept small. Metal crowns are able to withstand biting and chewing well and will last the longest of the other materials. Metal crowns also rarely chip and break. The only disadvantage to metal crowns is the color, but is a good choice for molars.

Porcelain fused to metal: Unlike other metallic crowns, porcelain fused to meal dental crowns can be matched to your other teeth. Unfortunately however, more wearing occurs to the other teeth with this crown type than metal or resin crowns. These crowns are also known to break off or chip easier than other types of crowns.

All Resin: All resin dental crowns are considered less expensive than the other crown types. Unfortunately though, they wear down over time and are more prone to more fractures than other types of crowns.

All Ceramic or All Porcelain: All ceramic or all porcelain crowns provide the best cosmetic appearance and are more suitable to people with metal allergies. Because of their realistic color –they make an especially good option for front teeth. Although these crowns are not as strong as metal crowns, and may not last as long.

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