You might receive a crown to protect a damaged tooth or to add appeal to your smile. A crown caps a tooth, encasing it and giving it a lifelike and durable restoration. One of the most common reasons people receive a crown is to preserve the beauty and function of a tooth after it has undergone root canal therapy. Advanced decay and damage leave a tooth weak and fragile, so a crown fortifies the tooth, conserving it.
Several Types of Crowns are Available
Crowns are made of a variety of substances, and you and your dentist can discuss materials that best suit you. Typically, the front teeth, or incisors, are covered with a lustrous material that appears most like natural teeth, whereas molars in the back of the mouth need a crown that is durable for chewing.
- Porcelain crowns are made of ceramic that matches the sheen and strength of natural enamel. There are different types of porcelain crowns. Some have a metal frame to increase durability, and others are designed to maximize their aesthetic qualities, mimicking the luminosity of natural teeth. It is good to discuss with your dentist the available options in material, so you can choose a porcelain crown that suits your taste and budget.
- Zirconia is a highly durable material that looks like porcelain but is made of a metal that is like titanium. These crowns are sometimes manufactured immediately, making them very convenient. Dental offices have little cubes of zirconia that they can mold onto teeth for a perfect fit. They do not have the luster of porcelain, which is why some people prefer porcelain.
- Gold is a very strong and long-lasting metal. Crowns made of gold are the most durable of all. Their appearance makes them less desirable to some who don’t want their dental treatments to draw attention to themselves. Gold is also more affordable than other types of crowns.
- Amalgam crowns are silver in color and often placed on children’s teeth that have advanced decay. These are very affordable, and the material is easily fitted onto teeth. Some sensitive patients object to these because they contain mercury, which can cause allergic reactions.
Call Dr. Robert Harrington at Weston Dental Group for Beautiful Restorative Crowns
If you are interested in learning more about crowns, consult with Dr. Robert Harrington in Weston. Whether you are want a cosmetic treatment to make your smile brighter, more uniform and fuller, or you need a crown to protect a damaged tooth, he provides experienced and quality dental care for smiles that radiate health and beauty.