Dental crowns are caps that are placed over a tooth to restore its original size and shape. They are then cemented down to fully cover the remaining tooth above the gumline. The root of the tooth remains intact below the gumline.
Placing a crown is one of the most common dental procedures for repairing teeth that are weak, cracked, worn down, or completely broken (but only above the gumline). They can be used for cosmetic purposes or to replace a tooth that is worn down, and they are also an important component in dental bridges and implants.
Crowns are made of several different materials, including:
All-ceramic or all-porcelain: A better natural color match for the original teeth.
All-resin: Less expensive but can wear down over time.
Metal: The only drawback of these is the metallic color. They are probably the strongest but would be better used in the back of the mouth for cosmetic purposes.
Porcelain fused to metal: The porcelain can be matched to the original tooth color, but only being fused to metal, there is a greater risk of the porcelain chipping or breaking.
Stainless steel: Crowns made of stainless steel are mainly temporary crowns.
Come into Smile Builders today and talk to us about the best choice for you.