Given their versatility, dental crowns are used by dentists for a variety of reasons. Contrary to a dental filling, a dental crown encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that sits above the gum line, akin to a “cap.” To better understand why a dental crown might be needed, consider the following.
When a tooth has been weakened by decay, a dental crown provides much needed support, preventing the tooth from breaking or chipping. Similarly, if a tooth is already broken, misshapen or discolored, a crown can restore its structure and appearance. In another case, if a tooth has received a large dental filling, and very little of the tooth’s natural structure is left, a crown can provide added support. Dental crowns also serve as anchors for dental bridges, and are used regularly to cover dental implants. Without question, there is great value in dental crowns, as both a functional and cosmetic restoration.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
As with dental fillings and other restorations, permanent dental crowns can be made from stainless steel, gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin or ceramic (WebMD).
In most cases, a stainless steel crown is more of a temporary measure needed to protect a tooth while a permanent crown is being fabricated. The final crown, depending on where it is located in the mouth, will likely be comprised of some type of base-metal alloy if the crown is being placed on a molar. Otherwise, porcelain-fused-to-metal is a more favorable choice if a patient is concerned that their tooth will be visible when they talk, laugh or smile. In other words, this type of crown material can be placed on front or back teeth, and blends well with one’s natural tooth color. The same is true for all-ceramic and all-porcelain varieties.
When it comes to dental crowns, the good news is that they have a long lifespan (5-15 years), especially when patients remain committed to good oral hygiene and regular visits with an experienced dentist.
Durable, Beautiful Tooth Restorations With Dental Crowns
At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we understand that when a tooth has been damaged or weakened by disease, it needs repair, strengthening and protection. That’s why we offer durable, beautiful tooth restorations with dental crowns, as well as inlays and onlays.
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