A dental crown, also known as a“dental cap”, is a restoration that encases the tooth in order to strengthen a decayed tooth, repair a broken tooth, or improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth. A dental crown is a procedure done very often in our offices for a variety of reasons. A dental crown may be the best option for a tooth that has had such significant decay that a filling may not be an adequate means to strengthen the tooth. A dental crown is also a good choice for a tooth that has chipped or broken and must be restored. Finally, with the advent of
cosmetic dentistry, one or more dental crowns may be placed over your teeth in order to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your smile.
Types of dental crowns:
Porcelain fused to metal:
These crowns are the less expensive type and can be color matched to your adjacent teeth. However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede.
This new material has many benefits. It is more durable, it’s more aesthetic and the cuts made with laser so they are more precise and there is less chance that the crown won’t fit.
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