A dental crown is a tooth-shaped device designed to cover or cap a tooth which has been damaged, decayed, or discolored. They are helpful at addressing the tooth’s size, shape, strength, and appearance. Crowns are cemented into place by a dentist and fully encase the entire, visible tooth. Crowns can be used to:
All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide a superior color match to the surrounding teeth and they are suitable for people with metal allergies. They are durable, though now as strong as the porcelain to metal crowns. All-ceramic crowns are however, tougher than resin crowns. These types of crowns are best for front teeth.
Zirconia or milled crowns are constructed in a lab or at the dentist’s office which has the appropriated software and hardware to produce them. These types of crowns do not require an impression to be made and are constructed from a very strong crystal. Manufactures of these crowns are not using a solid block of material with is baked at extremely high temperatures to ensure the crown is nearly indestructible. These crowns look very natural and work well as a cap for every type of tooth including front teeth. These crowns last a very long time and it is very unlikely that one will chip or crack.
The type of crown which is suitable for you will depend on your unique situation. There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of crown and the right fit will accommodate your needs without creating another problem. The dentist will go over your choices with you to ensure that you choose the best crown for your exact needs.
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