Types of Dental Crowns
Fountain Valley, CA
A patient may need to get a dental crown when their tooth is worn, broken, or has some parts damaged. Crowns may be sought when there is inadequate tooth strength or structure to hold a dental filling material. Unlike tooth fillings, dental crowning involves sculpting the caps from a lab using a model obtained from a unique impression of crown or mold of a tooth. Fillings are usually directly applied to the tooth without having to sculpt them in a lab.
At Bijan Family Dental Practice our dentist will discuss with you the type of crown to use. The dentist will aid in selecting a crown that performs well in terms of resilience, strength, and appearance. Here, we provide you with several types of dental crowns you can select for your tooth crowning procedure.
Dentists will suggest porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns when they want to restore teeth in the front or rear parts of the mouth. These crowns give a more natural tooth shade, but the metal part below the porcelain tends to show a dull line that could be visible. Porcelain crowns can chip or break over time. Besides, the teeth directly opposite the crown can wear down due to the forces of chewing and biting.
Metal-based crowns are the most durable. They last the longest and have the ability to counter the pressure from chewing and biting. However, they do show in the mouth, so the dentist will mostly use them when restoring teeth that are out of sight.
Resin crowns are durable but are not as sturdy as porcelain dental crowns, and therefore, are likely to chip or break when put in comparison with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns or porcelain crowns. Nonetheless, they are cheaper to mount. Resin crowns can be molded to take the tooth’s color, thus promoting a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
A porcelain crown is crafted from ceramic material. If you are seeking a near-natural smile, then porcelain crowns are the go-to for restoring teeth. They are tooth-colored, hence blending in properly with the adjacent teeth. This is among the most desired benefits of ceramic crowns. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are best for front restorations because of their ability to mimic real teeth in color.
A system known as CAD-CAM is used in fabricating these crowns. The Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing technique is able to produce the crowns in as short as 15 minutes. The procedure for making same-day crowns is similar to that of regular crowns, however, the difference is no wait times.
Choosing Your Dental Crowns
A dentist will assist you to find a dental crown that works best for your case. Every patient is unique, so your crown has to serve the purpose intended. For front teeth, you can consider porcelain crowns and for back teeth, you can go with porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-metal crowns. If you grind your teeth, you may require metal crowns in addition to seeking a mouthguard for added protection.
Contact Bijan Family Dental Practice today if you think you require crowns. Our dentist will inspect your tooth, determine how damaged or discolored it is, and see if placing dental crowns is the best treatment. Call us today at (714) 421-4494 to request an appointment.