Dental crowns are used in many different situations to protect, restore and cover a damaged or decaying tooth. Whether to prevent a tooth from cracking or breaking further or to restore a severely worn tooth, dental crowns act as protective shields for your natural teeth. Dental crowns may also be used for aesthetic purposes, such as to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, or in conjunction with other dental procedures, such as to cover a dental implant, hold a dental bridge in place, or cover and support a tooth with a large filling.
There are a variety of different materials that may comprise a dental crown, each with its own benefits. Some are more budget-friendly, while other are longer-lasting or more aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few of the common materials used for dental crowns:
These prefabricated crowns budget-friendly and easy to place in a single visit. Stainless steel crowns are often used to protect a tooth temporarily while a patient’s permanent dental crown is being constructed. They may also be used to protect a child’s back molars from cavities or infection.
There are several different types of metal that are used for dental crowns, such as gold alloy, palladium, nickel or chromium. Metal crowns do not require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed, do not significantly wear on one’s adjacent teeth, and tend to be more durable and longer-lasting than some other alternatives. The color of metal crowns, however, can make them noticeable, which makes them a good option for back molars, rather than front-facing teeth.
A porcelain fused to metal crown is a cost-effective option that matches closely with one’s natural teeth. These crowns are aesthetically pleasing and can be used for front-facing teeth; however are not as durable as metal or all-porcelain crowns.
Ceramic and porcelain crowns offer a more natural aesthetic fit than most other dental crowns and are an ideal solution for visible teeth. Ceramic and porcelain dental crowns may also be a good option for those who are allergic to metal, as they contain no metal alloys.
Temporary crowns are prefabricated and can, therefore, be placed immediately in a single visit. Permanent dental crowns, on the other hand, are custom-designed in a laboratory to match perfectly with the natural shade, shape and size of your natural teeth. These are durable, long-lasting options that look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Dental crowns are used in a variety of situations, such as to protect your teeth from further damage or decay, hold a dental bridge in place, or to cap a dental implant. Our dentist is happy discuss your dental crown options with you to find the right fit to fit your needs and budget. Simply call us today to schedule your first visit with us to see which dental crown is best for you!