What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are caps put on damaged teeth. Crowns are utilized to restore, conceal, and restore the structure of teeth whenever dental fillings are ineffective. These can be made from ceramic, resin, porcelain, and metal. Usually, they do not require particular maintenance over time beyond basic dental hygiene.
Your teeth can incur damage due to various reasons, including tooth decay, injury, or simple wear and tear, as a result of which your teeth can lose their size and shape.
Think of dental crowns as tight caps for your teeth. The crown restores the tooth's size, shape, and strength. The dental crown will be cemented onto the tooth and cover the exposed portion of the tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
Permanent crowns can be made from porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal, ceramic, or resin.
Crowns made of stainless steel are prefabricated crowns that are usually used as a temporary measure on permanent teeth. These crowns are placed on the teeth by a dentist.
A permanent crown will be manufactured from another material, but in the meanwhile, this crown will safeguard the tooth or filling. When treating young patients, it is normal to use a crown made of stainless steel over the main tooth that has been prepped to accommodate the crown.
The tooth is shielded from additional deterioration thanks to the cap surrounding it. Stainless steel crowns are the most common type used on children's teeth.
Other Types of Metals
Crowns can be made from various metals, including alloys with a significant proportion of platinum or gold and alloys made of base metals. Metal crowns are highly resistant to the pressures of biting and chewing and likely have the longest lifespan. The most significant downside of metal crowns is the shiny hue and the relatively high cost of gold. Crowns made of metal are a wonderful option for the molars as they are typically hidden from view.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Dental Crowns
Crowns made of porcelain fused to metal, often known as PFM crowns, have a metal alloy inside and porcelain outside. This gives them both the durability of metal crowns and the looks of porcelain crowns. Boasting a range of 10 to 15 years, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a somewhat longer lifespan than porcelain crowns. The use of metals supports the porcelain crown, making it appropriate for people with bruxism who clench or grind their teeth.
All-Resin Dental Crowns
The all-resin dental crown is composed entirely of resin material. Resin crowns are often the least expensive option when picking a material for dental crowns, but they have the disadvantage of wearing out faster than other materials. Resin dental crowns are aesthetically pleasing but may need to be updated more frequently than other varieties.
All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain Dental Crowns
All-ceramic crowns are aesthetic dental restorations that cap or cover a tooth being rebuilt. They are transparent and have the most natural appearance of any tooth-replacement material.
Typically, an all-ceramic crown is composed of porcelain or another form of ceramic. As with any material, the crown is placed over a tooth that has been filed down to restore its look, shape, or structure.
Schedule A Consultation
Now that you are familiar with what exactly a dental crown is, it is time to book an appointment with Dr. Garcia and Dr. Alexandra Garcia to get a full understanding of the procedure and type of dental crown best suited for you. To schedule an appointment at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS for your dental crown procedure, call us at (346) 250-2930.