Types, Uses, and Advantages of Dental Crowns

Types, Uses, and Advantages of Dental Crowns

Feb 01, 2021

Tooth crowns have for long been a useful solution for damaged teeth restoration. Dental crowns in West Bloomfield & Taylor, MI, are essential in restoring the normal functioning of teeth and improving your smile.

A dental crown is basically a cap placed and cemented directly on an ailing tooth or a dental implant. Crowns are commonly used with dental bridgeworks to fill the gap of a missing tooth.

When your dentist at Golnick Pediatric Dentistry suggests a dental crown for your kid, two questions should come to your mind. Which is the best type of crown and what is the cost of getting it. This article will guide you into getting the right type of crown for you and your kid.

Is a Tooth Crown the Option for You?

There are many tooth restoration options out there related to dental crowns, such as inlays, onlay, and fillings, so when are porcelain crowns best for you?

When you go to a dental office for the first time, your dentist will evaluate your case to determine if the crown procedure is the best for you. If not, they will guide you to the right treatments such as filings and bridgeworks.

According to the American Dental Association, most Americans get dental crowns for the following reasons:

  • To cover and protect a severely weakened tooth due to cavities or dental decay
  • When they are getting a tooth implant
  • While replacing a largely lost filling
  • Mending a damaged or badly fractured tooth
  • To cover a tooth after a root canal procedure (mostly posterior teeth)
  • To correct a bite
  • For cosmetic purposes – if you want a more beautiful smile by leveling the shape, size, and tooth color.

The Dental Crowns Procedure

In most cases, you will get a temporary crown at first as the original device is being manufactured in the lab. Therefore, you will need several visits to your dentist until the process is complete unless, of course, your provider owns a CEREC® device.

The process can differ with different types, but the following steps are general for all crown types:

  • The dentist first prepares the tooth, which can involve the removal of tooth decay, a root canal procedure, or both.
  • S/he makes a mold of your original tooth crown so that the artificial crowns fit perfectly
  • A temporary crown is then used to protect the prepared tooth till your crown is ready. We advise that you take care of this temporary restoration to avoid damaging the tooth underneath. Avoid hard and sticky foods as they could break the temporary prosthesis.
  • Your crown will be ready after a week or so.

Different Types of Crowns

  • Gold Crowns

Gold crowns are an alloy of many metals, including copper, nickel, and chromium. They have the advantage of strength and durability over other crowns.

The dentist in West Bloomfield & Taylor, MI, uses Gold Crowns for back restorations. Sine specialists suggest that gold crowns are the best for tooth restoration. However, they are not very popular today due to their color and poor aesthetics.

Their main advantages include durability, strength, and less amount of your tooth that needs to be removed when placing one. They are also the best for back teeth.

  • All Porcelain Crowns

This is the most popular types of dental crown today. Many people prefer porcelain crowns/ceramic crowns because they provide the most natural look and feel that matches your tooth color. They are barely noticeable.

Porcelain is also the best material for a front tooth crown. It’s also biocompatible, and no meta is involved in its placement.

Nevertheless, they are not as strong as gold crowns and are costlier. Also, not the best good for people with bruxism.

  • Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns (PFM)

PFM is another very widely used type of dental crown. It offers the strength of metal crowns and the aesthetics of porcelain (that covers the metal). Aesthetics and durability are the main advantages of PFM crowns. They are also less costly than all-porcelain dental crowns.

  • Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is a new material that has the strength of metal crowns and aesthetics of porcelain. It’s a highly translucent material and has no side effects, making it quite popular in dentistry.

The main advantages include their incredible strength and durability, plus superior aesthetics. They are also biocompatible and do not wear down quickly, for they are strong.

A disadvantage of zirconia is that it’s likely to wear down the opposite tooth faster. The material is also hard to adjust when it solidifies.

  • E-Max Crowns

E-Max is an all-ceramic material made of Lithium Disilicate and is the newest in the market. E-Max dental crowns in West Bloomfield & Taylor, MI, recommend them for their aesthetics and durability. They are also a great choice both for front and back teeth.

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