Crowns are dental restorations used to cover, restore, and protect damaged teeth. This type of dental work is placed when a filling won’t fix the problem. Modern crowns are made from porcelain, ceramics, resin, metals, and other materials.
A crown covers the entire tooth. Once cemented in place, it restores the natural appearance, size, shape, and strength. Your dentist in Glendale, AZ may suggest a dental crown for any of the following reasons:
If you think you may benefit from a crown restoration, call Dobra Dental today to schedule a consultation.
Dental crowns used at Dobra Dental can be made from metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
The metals used for crowns include nickel, palladium, chromium, and gold. Metal restorations last the longest. They are not likely to break or chip. What’s more, only a small amount of the tooth structure must be removed to place a metal crown. They can also withstand the chewing and biting forces of the molars. Therefore, metal crowns are a good choice for back teeth.
Ceramic or porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking option. They can be crafted to match the color of your existing teeth. In addition, ceramic dental crowns are a good solution for patients with metal allergies. But they do not provide the same strength as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. For these reasons, all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are best for front teeth.
Resin crown restorations are the most cost-effective. However, they wear down over time and are prone to breaking.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be shaded to match nearby teeth. But while the color appears more natural, the underlying metal sometimes shows through as a dark line. Other things to consider are that the porcelain cap can chip or break. Also, more tooth preparation is needed to place this type of crown. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be placed on either front or back teeth.
To learn more about dental crowns in Glendale, AZ, contact Dobra Dental today.