Dental CrownsCrowns, also referred to as caps, are a tooth shaped covering that encases and protects a damaged tooth while restoring its original shape and size. At Mahar Dental, we place dental crowns to provide additional strength and protection to a tooth structure, because Dr. Mahar understands the importance of saving your natural teeth. Without a dental crown, these teeth would otherwise eventually require extraction. Other options such as dental fillings are great for small restorations, but do not offer the same lifespan of dental crowns for larger damage.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are customized to match your tooth and bite in size and structure, including the peaks and valleys, matching the biting surface of your tooth. It’s important to have this customization, so that your overall bite is not affected. Adjusting your bite can lead to chewing issues and problems with TMJ dysfunction. Crowns are available in various materials, offering varying pros and cons, to best suit your needs. These materials include:
All Porcelain Crowns
All Porcelain Crowns aesthetically most resemble your natural teeth. White in color, they hide very well in your mouth, looking natural. The downside to this type of crown is a decrease in strength versus other materials, so they are not suggested for molars, where we place a higher amount of chewing pressure. Since there is a higher risk of fracture, we generally place all porcelain crowns on front teeth only.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns offer our patients the porcelain look with the strength of metal. This means that our patients are happy with the aesthetic look, and that they can be used to cover back teeth. This type of crown is ideal for patients who are seeking a tooth colored crown but still want durability. The downside to this type of crown is that fracture to the outer layer of porcelain is still possible, exposing the metal beneath.
Gold crowns are ideal in strength and feel. Gold material is the most similar to your natural teeth in feel, making them the most comfortable for our patients. Gold crowns are also very durable, requires Dr. Mahar to remove less of the natural tooth structure for placement, and your soft gum tissue adapts best to this material. The downside is the gold color. Many patients would prefer to have their dental work hidden, and because of this, we tend to place gold crowns only on the back molar teeth.
All Ceramic Crowns
The use of all ceramic crowns, including zirconia, has been increasing. Offering the look, strength, and durability of other crowns, many patients are finding ceramic crowns to be the best of available options. With its translucent appearance ceramic crowns are indistinguishable in your mouth from your other teeth. This material is also durable, long lasting, and nearly indestructible. The downside to this material is that it has on occasion caused damage to other teeth due to being more abrasive.
If a crown is needed, Dr. Mahar will discuss what type of crown would be best for you.
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