Our dental life is not always a long, calm river. And it is possible that after an incident, or that due to poor oral hygiene, you need to replace a damaged or unhealthy tooth. If the latter has lost too much material, you will sometimes have no choice but to place a dental crown, which will serve to replace the vacuum and provide a stable and durable structure to your prosthesis.
What's a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a prosthesis that will replace your natural tooth. This solution will be offered to you by your dentist. Some of immediate functional benefits that dental crowns offer include:
- To protect a damaged tooth (by covering it completely, unlike veneers which cover the anterior part);
- To replace a damaged, broken or cracked tooth;
- To support or cover a closed tooth in which very little healthy material remains;
- To restore a tooth that has been devitalized (after root canal treatment, in particular);
- To replace a malformed or discolored tooth over time, deformed or blocked by a filling;
- To cover a dental implant.
- To strengthen or beautify your smile
The whole point of the dental crown is, therefore, to save your tooth and avoid extracting it, by preserving the pulp (most often thanks to root canal treatment). The root will always be usable and will serve as support for the implantation of your dental crown. The installation of a crown can also be done following an implant if your tooth was too damaged to be preserved and was therefore extracted. In this case, the implant will replace the root and serve as a support for your dental crown.
What Are the Advantages of Dental crowns over other dental restorations?
As part of the family of partial fixed dental prostheses (like a bridge or dental implant), the crown has many unique advantages when compared to other restorations. These can include:
- Aesthetics: these help standardize your smile and make it more beautiful by unifying the color and shape of your teeth;
- Functional: a crown will strengthen a tooth that is too weak or damaged, and therefore regain your full chewing function. Dental crowns are as strong and durable as a natural tooth, and you will usually find almost normal chewing;
- Stability: the crowns are generally glued (using cement) to your natural tooth, and this permanently. Unlike removable dentures, they do not need to be removed for maintenance and are therefore much more stable.
What Are the different types of dental crowns?
While crowns share the same functional advantages & benefits, there exist several different types of dental crowns. The main dental crowns include:
This is the type of dental crowns most used, especially because of its very affordable price and its solidity. However, the metal crown is much less aesthetic (since it does not replicate the natural color of your tooth) and is therefore generally placed on the teeth at the back of your mouth. The metal used can vary, from gold to silver, for example.
More recent than the other models, they are composed of a very resistant ceramic structure, itself covered with ceramic perfectly imitating the natural shade of your teeth. It is certainly the best dental crown in terms of quality, but also one of the most expensive.
Ceramic is also a biocompatible material, which means that this type of crown will fit perfectly in your mouth, limiting the risk of rejection.
Temporarily used to protect your tooth while waiting for the technician to finish designing your final crown, it is more porous and lets microbes pass, which is why you shouldn’t keep it too long.
Composed of a metal shell that will be covered with a ceramic coating (the same color as your natural tooth), this is an option that is both aesthetic and durable and in any case, the one offering the best ratio price quality.
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Amin Salvi Dental is experienced in providing dental crowns in Rancho Cucamonga & Corona, CA. If you have any additional questions about how to improve your oral health or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today!