Having a smile that looks bright and healthy is what every person wants. If you want a tooth with a normal shape and size you may need a crown. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. Dental crowns look just like a natural tooth and last for about seven years. In some cases, they last up to forty years.
A dental crown can help strengthen a tooth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Dental crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
If our dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. The dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.
Crowns are fabricated in a dental laboratory, by a dental technician using copies (impressions) of your teeth.
Various types of crowns
- The metal crowns comprise of gold alloy, other alloys and base metal alloys. They are strong crowns and last longer as compared to other types. The major drawback is their distinct color.
- PFM or porcelain fused to metal crowns can be matched to the color of the neighboring teeth. They are subject to more wear and tear but look like natural tooth.
- All resin crowns are very economical but are vulnerable to damage and fractures.
- All porcelain or all ceramic crowns are the best to get the natural looking tooth but are comparatively less strong. They are a good option for front tooth.
- Gold crowns are made of gold but are rarely preferred because of reduced aesthetic appeal.
- Zirconia crowns are the most durable and natural looking type of teeth crowns. Their only disadvantage is their higher price.
Recommended dental crowns
Our dentist almost always recommends zirconium crowns and bridges because they ar so close to natural teeth that it is hard to tell the difference and it is this quality which makes it very useable within dental work. Zirconium crowns can be fixed using traditional dental cements.