Types of Dental Crowns
If your teeth get damaged, sometimes dental implants are not enough. Dental crowns are metal caps that go over your teeth to protect any damaged areas. Crowns are usually placed after severe tooth problems such as decay, chipping, cracking, or loss of shape. As we get older, our teeth need better support, so adding fillings or a crown ensures that your teeth stay healthier for longer.
Dental crowns have an abundance of benefits, even ones exceeding normal implants. For one, they look aesthetically pleasing and instantly improve the look of damaged teeth. They also protect your tooth from chipping, cracking, or decay. If your teeth do not have damage but are simply weak and sensitive, a dental crown can fix it.
Other practical uses of dental crowns are supporting and covering fillings, bridges, and implants. The procedure is simple, painless, and risk-free. Here at Smile Family Dentistry, we provide many types of dental restorations including dental crowns.
The types of dental crowns are determined by their material, and each material serves a specific purpose. All-resin crowns will be your cheapest option, but they are mainly a temporary fix. Resin crowns are adequate for simple problems such as a chipped tooth. They are also convenient in the fact that you can match their colors to your teeth easily to keep the restoration discrete. However, metal and porcelain crowns are far stronger and long-lasting.
Metal crowns come in different metals such as stainless steel, gold, platinum, titanium, and nickel. Metal crowns are your strongest option and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. If your tooth has severe damage, especially a large tooth like a molar, then metal crowns will be your ideal choice.
Metal crowns have some downsides to them, though. The rarer metals like gold and titanium can be expensive. Some patients do not like their appearance as they tend to be more noticeable. But more importantly, they are prone to corrosion if not properly cared for.
Porcelain crowns come in two types: all-porcelain and porcelain-metal hybrids. The biggest advantage of porcelain crowns is that they look the closest to real teeth, so they tend to be several peoples’ favorites. While all-porcelain crowns are not the strongest crowns you can use, porcelain-metal hybrids are a good option, as they have the best of both worlds – the durability of metal crowns and the anonymity of porcelain crowns. On the downside, porcelain crowns are prone to breakage and may wear down your teeth.
Whether it be metal, porcelain, or resin, here at Smile Family Dentistry, we provide the best dental restorations and treatments. If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns or would like to make an appointment over the phone, call us at 925-414-4128. Let us help you on your dental well-being journey for health and confidence.