Dental crowns are sturdy, practical restorations that protect natural teeth. Crowns are available in base metal alloys, gold alloys, ceramic, and porcelain over metal materials. Each material has advantages, and your dentist will help you choose the proper type of crown.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns help to protect natural teeth that have suffered damage, decay, wear, and extensive staining. They also cover teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.
Advantages of Crown Treatment
Rather than extracting a problem tooth, a crown allows the dentist to preserve it. Compared to a restoration like a bridge or an implant, a crown is an affordable solution.
Crowns are durable, lifelike restorations that allow the patient to chew normally. They require no special care beyond typical attention to oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Crown Material Choices
Base Metal Alloy Crowns
Base metal alloy crowns are highly durable compared to other varieties, but since they do not match natural teeth, most people who have them prefer to have them in the back of their mouths. They are helpful when not enough tooth structure remains to support a lighter crown.
Gold Alloy Crowns
Gold alloy crowns are the most robust and long-lasting option. They were trendy in decades past and are making a comeback. We recommend gold alloy crowns to our patients who grind their teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns have more durability than the ceramic variety but share their tooth-colored good looks.
Ceramic crowns are most often installed in the front of the mouth since they are the closest visual match for natural teeth. They are affordable and last for years.
Considerations for Choosing Dental Crowns
Before getting a crown, you should always discuss your choices with your dentist. Your dentist will explain why they have chosen the type of crown you should receive but will consider your input.
When deciding between a crown and another type of restoration or cosmetic procedure, be sure that your choice is cost-effective. For example, if you want a cosmetic crown in the front of your mouth to cover a stained tooth, consider whether bonding or veneers may be a better choice. However, if you need a structural restoration and grind your teeth, you will want to choose a metal or gold crown.
Crowns Make Sense for Your Oral Health
If your tooth can accept a crown instead of being extracted, your oral health stands to benefit. The stimulation received from the tooth's natural root will keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
Call Carmel Dental Associates
If you need a crown but have yet to consider which variety is right for you, call Carmel Dental Associates at 845-225-2224 to make an appointment. We can review your options and help you decide the best choice for your situation.