If your dentist has recommended dental crowns, it’s important to understand what they are and how they will benefit your teeth before proceeding with treatment. Crowns are tooth-shaped synthetic caps placed on top of a tooth that conceals visible area of a tooth above the gums. They serve many functions, helping to secure weak, broken or cracked teeth, adjoin bridges, cover dental implants, conceal staining, restore function and preserve fillings.
Different Types of Crowns
Temporary and permanent crowns function just like natural teeth, and are fabricated in a dental office or laboratory. Your dentist will recommend a specific type of crown based on your individual needs, but it’s good to be familiar with the available options.
The Lowdown on Dental Crowns:
- Stainless steel crowns are used as a temporary method to protect the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made.
- Metal crowns are the most durable type of crowns and are metallic in color. They are a good choice for hidden teeth.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns match the color of your teeth, typically placed in the front or back of the mouth to avoid wear and chipping.
- All-resin crowns are a less expensive option, but may be prone to wear down and fracture over time.
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns match the natural color of teeth, although less durable than porcelain-fused-to-metal. These crowns are best for front teeth.
- Zirconia or milled crowns are digitally constructed in a dental office or lab. Unlike other crowns, zirconia or milled crowns do not require an impression to be taken.
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