A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that a dentist places over a tooth. This is done to restore shape, size, and strength to a compromised tooth, or improve its appearance. In Orem, UT, crowns are done for a variety of reasons, including the following:
Why Do Dentists Recommend crowns for teeth?
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To coverand strengthen a tooth with a large filling that doesn’t have much remaining natural tooth structure
- To restore a tooth that is badly worn down or broken
- To hold a dental bridge in place (see bridges)
- To cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth.
- To go over a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
What Types of Crowns Are Available?
Metal crowns have been around for centuries. Today they are made from noble metal alloys (mostly gold, but also combined with other noble metals like silver, platinum, palladium, and copper) or base metal alloys (nickel, chromium, etc.). Base metals are generally not recommended by dentists due to their high potential for allergic reactions.
Compared with other restoration types, metal crowns require less reduction of tooth structure and are the longest-lasting material. They are also very kind to the teeth they chew against. It is also nearly impossible for a metal crown to chip or break. The main drawbacks of metal crowns are their metallic color and high cost (mainly due to high cost of gold) and are usually done on out-of-sight back molars.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns have an interior layer of metal that fits against the tooth and an outer layer of porcelain that can be color-matched to adjacent teeth. Dentists have used this type of crown since the late 1950s. Porcelain materials look great, but are less kind than metal crowns to the teeth they chew against (more abrasive porcelain material leads to more tooth wear).
PFMs provide good strength, but have the weakness of potential chipping and breaking of the porcelain. These crowns also look nice but sometimes the metal underlying the porcelain can show as a dark line through the gums-this is even more evident if the gums recede. Although they have been the mainstay of modern dentistry for many years, dentists now have better options available.
All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are the most beautiful and natural-looking crowns available. In the past these crowns were not nearly as strong as the porcelain-fused-to-metal types and dentists usually only recommended them for front teeth. In recent years, due to a renaissance of improved technology and materials, dentists have a variety of “all-porcelain” materials to use which provide excellent strength as well as superior aesthetics. Like PFM restorations, these crowns are more abrasive than metal to the teeth they chew against, but really have no other disadvantages.
Teeth crowning in Orem at Canyon Gate Dental
Crowns done by our dental office are designed and placed with both the appearance and function of your smile in mind. Results are so natural and beautiful that you may forget that you spent time at the dentist’s office. Orem, Utah dentists Dr. Payne and Dr. Young want your smile to look its absolute best and believe that in most cases, all-porcelain crowns provide the best benefits in strength and in beauty.
Dr. Payne and Dr. Young collaborate with highly talented ceramists and the best dental lab technicians to fabricate our dental crowns. With skilled placement and attention to detail from the dentists at Canyon Gate Dental, and good personal oral hygiene habits, our restorations are meant to be long-lasting, unnoticeable dental treatments.
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