Different Types of Dental Crowns

Different Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are appliances that fit over an existing tooth to repair damaged or missing teeth.  Many instances require the use of a dental crown, and there are many different dental crowns available for different needs.

Over time, teeth can become damaged due to neglect or accidents.  Teeth get worn down and cracked for a number of reasons.  Sometimes large fillings in the teeth make it necessary to protect it with a crown.  A dental crown fits on top of the tooth, protecting and holding together the tooth, essentially saving the tooth.

There are many different materials that are used in making crowns, so make sure to talk to our Los Angeles dental crowns dentist about which option best suits you.  One option is using metal.  Metal crowns rarely chip or break and last the longest in terms of wear down.  The obvious drawback is the color so these are primarily used for teeth that are out of sight.

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are able to match the color and look of your normal teeth.  Typically, these are used for front teeth and teeth that are visible.  They also have the benefit of being an excellent option for those with metal allergies.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are composed of a metal implant in the patient’s mouth, which a porcelain crown rests upon.  It is very durable and an excellent option for front teeth.

A more economic option is an all-resin dental crown.  They are less expensive than other options and look like natural teeth.  However, these are more prone to fractures than other options.  They also wear down easier over time.  With any dental procedure, you want to make sure that you are looking at the long-term effects.  Quality dental work will last a lifetime.

Temporary and permanent crowns also deserve mention.  A temporary crown is something that our dentist makes in their office.  This is used to be a temporary solution while a dental lab makes your permanent crown.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) states that crowns are like normal teeth.  Proper brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist will ensure a long, healthy smile.

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