A dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover it. This is used to restore its shape, size, and strength as well as its appearance. Crowns encase the entire tooth above the gum line. Let’s talk about why a crown is needed and what types are available.
What Are Dental Crowns Used For
A dental crown may be needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to restore an already broken tooth. A dental crown can also be used to cover and support a tooth when there is not much of it left and to hold a dental bridge in place. Other reasons for using a dental crown can be to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth, to cover a dental implant, or to make other cosmetic modifications.
Different Types of Crowns Available
A permanent crown can be made from stainless steel, porcelain, resin, or all ceramic. Stainless steel crowns are used on permanent teeth and as a temporary measure. Metal crowns like gold or alloy can withstand the force of chewing and rarely chip or break. Porcelain crowns are fused to metal and are used to match the natural color of teeth. Porcelain is a good choice front or back teeth. Resin is the least expensive of dental crowns and resin wears down over time faster than other crowns. Resin is used mostly for temporary crowns. Ceramic crowns are like porcelain in that they can mimic the natural color of teeth and are a good choice for front teeth.
Temporary crowns can be made in your dentist’s office and permanent dental crowns require a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are used as just that; a temporary crown until the permanent crown has been constructed in the dental laboratory and is ready.
At Eagle Rock Dental Care we are proud to offer you the best in crowns and veneers. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online to come and see us.