While dental crowns are commonly used to correct problems with the teeth, not everyone knows much about them. Even if your dentist recommends placing a crown over a tooth, you should educate yourself as much as possible. This is especially true since crowns today are different than those from years ago.
What is the purpose of dental crowns?
Crowns correct a broad range of issues involving teeth. As a type of dental restoration, this cap covers a permanent tooth to serve as a protective shield. Dental professionals recommend crowns for many different reasons. Following are a few examples:
- Prevent a weakened tooth from breaking apart or falling out
- Support a tooth with a large filling
- Restore a broken or severely worn-down tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or misshaped tooth
- Hold a dental bridge securely in place
Crowns also help straighten crooked teeth. Instead of wearing braces, individuals can achieve the same results but in less time.
How do crowns straighten teeth?
For this purpose, most dentists suggest crowns made of porcelain. They apply gentle pressure to help with straightening and prevent teeth from shifting. Of course, dentists recommend crowns for many additional reasons.
Porcelain, ceramic and resin crowns look the most natural. These materials are resistant to stains, making them ideal for people who smoke or drink coffee. The only downside is that these can chip, crack and wear down over time. Even so, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
What material are crowns made of?
Today’s crowns are quite different from those of even a few years back. The following are the most commonly used materials.
1. Stainless steel
Dentists use stainless-steel crowns as a temporary solution while waiting for a dental lab to make the permanent ones.
2. Different metals
For teeth in the back of a person’s mouth, metal crowns work great. Constructed of alloys with a high content of platinum or gold, these can withstand tremendous biting and chewing force. While these seldom break, they can be somewhat pricey due to the platinum or gold content.
3. Metal fused with porcelain or ceramic
A dental lab can match porcelain and ceramic crowns to a patient’s natural teeth. Not only do these look realistic, but they also function as permanent teeth do. However, there are risks of chipping or cracking. The other issue is that sometimes the metal shows through as a thin line.
4. All-porcelain, ceramic and resin
Made from 100% porcelain, ceramic or resin, these crowns create the most realistic look possible. People just need to remember that all three materials can chip, break and wear down over time.
Enjoy having beautiful teeth
If you feel unhappy with your natural teeth, talk to your dentist about crowns. The process does not take a great deal of time, and it is virtually pain-free. Call our office today to learn more about crowns and any other dental procedure.
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