If you have damaged teeth or cosmetic issues, dental crowns serve an important purpose. These natural-looking caps can restore the function of your teeth and improve your smile. A crown is durable and long-lasting. With good care and attention, your crown can meet your needs for up to 10 years or longer. Crowns come in a variety of materials. You should understand what is available and the benefit that each provides.
Despite a person’s most diligent efforts, teeth can suffer disease, damage, and other problems. A crown surrounds the entire tooth and bonds to it with dental cement. A crown commonly protects a large cavity from causing further problems to the tooth. Crowns can also cover cosmetic concerns such as cracks, chips, and fractures. In this way, the cap can revive a person’s smile and prevent further embarrassment.
A dentist may place a crown over a tooth following a root canal. A crown is also used in the restorative process, such as bridgework and dental implants. Badly stained teeth can also benefit from crowns. A cap may also be an effective strategy to repair misshapen, worn-down, or abnormally large or small teeth.
There was a time when those in cosmetic dentistry preferred to use gold for dental crowns. Now that additional materials are available, it is rarer to see gold crowns in a patient’s mouth. However, a gold crown does have some benefits. The dentist will not have to remove as much of the tooth because the gold material will be thinner. Gold is also more durable than other options, so a crown of this material could last a lifetime. On the downside, a gold crown stands out and could hamper a smile.
Porcelain dental crowns blend in nicely with the tooth, giving it a natural look. It is also able to withstand strong forces and normal chewing. The dentist can also use a porcelain crown to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth. The dentist will have to remove more of the person’s tooth in order to fit a porcelain cap. It also will not last as long as a gold counterpart.
Porcelain fused to metal
For people who want the durability and stability of metal but the appearance of porcelain, this is the right option. Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns will not wear out for years. However, these caps will have a thin dark line at the gums. They are also good for people who tend to grind their teeth.
Options to meet your needs
If you are struggling to choose dental crowns, consider these different options. Your dentist can help you decide based on your health and preferences. If you are worried about your smile, a porcelain crown is right for you. If you do not want to worry about replacing it for the rest of your life, a gold crown could stand the test of time. Make an appointment with the dentist today so you can restore the function of your mouth.
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