A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is permanently mounted on an existing tooth. A dental crown functions to strengthen the tooth. When a tooth is broken or worn down, it can be supported by a crown to improve its function as well as its aesthetic. Dental Crowns come in different forms and can be used for cosmetic purposes or to fix minor dental problems.

What Are the Types of Dental Crowns and What Are They Used For?

Zirconium crowns are known for their strength.  Zirconium crowns are milled from a chunk of crystal.  They are extraordinarily tough making them great for molar teeth. They can withstand wear and tear but are translucent enough to be similar to natural teeth in appearance.  They can last longer than porcelain crowns which can chip and break.  Porcelain fused to zirconium crowns can also be used in anterior regions of the mouth, giving great aesthetics.   The bond between porcelain and zirconium is stronger than that of the bond between porcelain and metal and therefore the crowns are less likely to break.

Porcelain crowns, a type of dental crown, tend to be a typical option for replacement due to its ability to look like a natural tooth. It is frequently used for cosmetic purposes, often being the option for highly visible front teeth. They will not be as durable as other materials, and may not be suitable for molars.

Metal crowns are made from metal alloys or a similar material.  They are longer-lasting than porcelain crowns and are stronger, making them ideal for the molar area.  Due to their metal color, they may be unsightly for the front tooth area.  Metal crowns can wear away over a period of years.  They can also conduct hot and cold temperatures quickly resulting in sensitivity.

Dental crowns are used to anchor dental bridges.  A bridge fills in any gaps in the mouth with false teeth used to prevent disruption of the teeth’s alignment.

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Tooth damage or tooth decay can lead to many different ailments down the line. Not only are they an aesthetic problem, but a chipped or decayed tooth may cause chronic pain and tenderness that does not go away on its own. It can also affect your social life since you will be hesitant to smile or laugh around people.

The best candidate for dental crowns are people with significant tooth decay or people whose teeth cannot be fixed with conventional fillings. A dental crown is a viable option for teeth that still have a sufficient remaining tooth structure to support the crown. In cases where the patient does not have enough tooth structure, then they will need to consider other options.

Contact Riverdale Park Dental to Care for Your Crowns Today!

Due to the complexity of the oral region, it is imperative to speak to one of our dental professionals at the Riverdale Dental Care facility as soon as possible. For less severe cracks or chips, tooth bonding may be a viable option.

Contact us today to learn more about dental crowns and to help pinpoint viable solutions to your dental problems.

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