Types of Dental Crowns

September 1, 2012 — by Stephen Lipman
Tags: Dental Crowns Restorative Dentistry

Windsor Dental CrownsBroken, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth can be painful and embarrassing. Dental crowns offer a great option in restoring the strength and appearance of damaged teeth. A dental crown is a hollow, tooth-shaped prosthetic used to fit over a damaged tooth. Windsor cosmetic dentist Stephen D. Lipman offers the latest treatments in dental crowns and tooth restoration.

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be made of a number of materials. Here is an overview of the common types of dental crowns:

  • Metal: Metal crowns can be made of gold, nickel, or other alloys. Metal crowns are extremely durable, rarely chipping or breaking. Metal crowns require less tooth to be removed compared to other crowns. Metal crowns are not the best cosmetic choice and are better suited for the less visible molars.
  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer a better cosmetic choice over all-metal crowns because the porcelain can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth. One of the drawbacks to this type of crown is that there may be a dark line near the gum line from the metal showing through.
  • Ceramic or Porcelain: All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns are best for the front teeth as they can be shaded to match adjacent teeth and won't result in the dark line like porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. All-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns are a good option for those seeking a natural look, and those with metal allergies.
  • Resin: All-resin dental crowns are a good aesthetic choice and they are less expensive than other crowns. Resin dental crowns do not last as long as other types and are more likely to crack.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are used to treat damaged teeth. If you have one or more of the following conditions you may benefit from dental crowns.

  • Broken Teeth: Dental crowns restore the look and strength of broken teeth.
  • Decayed Teeth: The look ofdecayed teeth can be improved with dental crowns.
  • Teeth Weakened by Large Fillings: Large fillings weaken the walls of the tooth, leaving them prone to breaking. Dental crowns can protect such teeth from breaking.
  • Severely Worn Teeth: Dental crowns can restore the shape of worn down teeth.
  • Restore/Correct the Shape of Irregular Teeth: The look of misshaped teeth can be corrected with dental crowns.

Alternatives to Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can repair a number of dental problems but they are not suitable for every dental situation. For minor damage, dental bonding or porcelain veneers are a popular choice. Dental bonding uses a composite resin to reshape the tooth and mask flaws. Porcelain veneers work similarly but use a thin tooth-shaped shell. This shell is bonded to the front surface of the tooth to create beautiful, proportionate teeth. For our patients in Windsor, porcelain veneers are a favored treatment in smile restoration. 

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