Dental Crowns and Their Benefits

Posted on: February 2, 2018

When the dentist says a front tooth crown is necessary, most people are unsure how to react.  If you do not know much about front tooth crowns, do not feel bad.  Dentists only recommend front tooth crowns when a patient has decayed, cracked, broken or chipped teeth. Thus, it can help to understand the different types of crowns and their advantages/disadvantages.

Types of dental crowns

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are ideal for those who are concerned with the look of their smile.  Front tooth crowns are typically made of porcelain as these teeth are visible when smiling.  Porcelain crowns are made of either porcelain or ceramic. The primary advantage of porcelain crowns is they are visually pleasing.

You can have one or several porcelain front tooth crowns and no one will know you are using dental restorations.  In terms of flaws, porcelain crowns are not as rigid as other types of dental crowns.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns

Porcelain combined with metal gives patients the best of both materials.  The metal portion of the crown is quite durable while the porcelain section of the crown makes the tooth look natural.  However, the dentist will have to remove a small amount of the tooth structure in order to place a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.  The dentist initially creates a shell of metal that fits right over the tooth in question.

Porcelain veneering is connected to the metal shell to create an aesthetically pleasing look. In terms of negatives, this type of crown has the potential to chip or break.  It can lead to wear on the teeth it rubs or bites against.  This style of crown also displays the metal at the crown's edge.  If you have gum recession, the metal might show and affect your smile.

Gold or All-metal Crowns

This type of crown is made of gold alloy.  Several different alloy types can help make dental crowns.  Some of these metals are available in a silver hue. While these crowns are not as visually impressive as porcelain crowns, they are quite sturdy.  You can chew and bite on hard foods without any worry of your gold or all-metal crown breaking.

Gold or all-metal dental crowns do not cause wear to the opposing teeth. Furthermore, these dental crowns consist of malleable materials so the dentist will be able to provide quite the precise crown-to-tooth fit. Patients will not have to worry about the crown becoming loose or causing other health issues.

Discuss the Different Types of Crowns With Your Dentist

Meet with your dentist to discuss the many different crown types and their advantages.  The dentist will analyze your oral health issues as well as your budget to recommend the best crown for your unique needs.  There is a good chance your dentist will recommend porcelain or ceramic crown for your front teeth.

However, teeth in the back that need crowning might be better served with another type of crown like those outlined above.  When in doubt, follow your dentist's advice.

Call (530) 982-4077 to schedule an appointment with Pier 210 Dental Group in our Auburn dental office.

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