Types of Dental Crowns
Dentists cement crowns onto a tooth to augment its functionality, appearance, and strength. A crown encases the visible portion of a tooth from the gumline to the top. As such, the crown becomes the outer surface of the tooth. Smiles of Tulsa provides quality dental crowns that last longer. Here, we highlight the types of tooth crowns you can find in a dental office.
Various metals can be used in molding tooth crowns, including nickel, gold, palladium, and chromium. What is interesting about metal crowns is that they seldom break or chip. They also last longer when it comes to wearing down. Moreover, placing crowns fabricated of metal requires shaving down only a little enamel. Metal crowns are able to stand against the destructive forces of chewing or biting.
Nonetheless, one thing that puts these restorations down the list of crowns is their metallic color. Patients will choose them when they are restoring teeth that are out-of-sight such as molars. For the front teeth, metal crowns usually do not look so impressive.
A dentist can match the color of these crowns to the surrounding teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are fabricated of a combination of materials, normally ceramic and metal. They look natural just like the tooth, thereby blending well with nearby teeth.
A slight downside of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is that the metal underneath the porcelain cap is able to appear like a dark line. Besides, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can wear down the natural teeth that directly come in contact with it while chewing. The part crafted of porcelain can also break or chip. Nonetheless, these crowns are a choice for not only the back teeth but also the front teeth.
These are all-resin tooth crowns. They are a bit less costly compared to other crowns. However, they are susceptible to wear from use and can break more easily than their counterpart porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Resin crowns are best suited for front teeth since these teeth do not encounter a lot of chewing force. Otherwise, resin crowns blend in attractively with the nearby teeth because they can be molded to match the shades of teeth close to them.
Among the benefits of ceramic crowns is that they bring a natural look to the teeth since they are sculpted to assume the shade of nearby teeth. Additionally, they are a choice for those allergic to metal. Even so, porcelain crowns cannot match the strong ability of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns or all-metal crowns.
A dentist uses same-day crowns for patients who want to leave the office with their restoration mounted. These crowns are fabricated from durable dental porcelain and can last more than a decade with proper usage and care. They are sculpted and mounted in just one appointment. A technique known as CAD-CAM is used in the process.
Choosing Your Tooth Crowns
When seeking dental crowns, our dentist will allow you to choose from various materials. Your choice may depend on what tooth is to be crowned, your budget, and personal preferences. Visit Smiles of Tulsa today or call (918) 891-3059 for more details regarding tooth crowns and their applications.