Dental crowns are medical devices cemented onto a patient’s teeth or can top dental implants. These crowns can only be removed by a dentist. They are designed to act similar to a prosthetic for a tooth. A crown can cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Crowns strengthen the tooth and can be beneficial to its appearance if the tooth is stained or chipped. They are also used on dental implants as a natural looking prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Porcelain crowns are preferred because they can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.
There are two types of porcelain crowns usually used— porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and all-porcelain crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be matched to the color of surrounding teeth and can look very similar to natural teeth. It is important to note the the opposite tooth may suffer more wear with this type of crown. Occasionally patients can see a grey line around the gum line of the tooth. All-porcelain crowns provide the most natural looking results. They are not quite as strong as those fused to metal and will wear down opposite teeth more as well. These choices are ideal for front teeth.
Crowns are used by dentists to:
Crowns can last a lifetime when properly cared for. If one does become damaged or is loose or even falls out the dentist will be able to repair it or replace it.
Ceramic fillings are often made of the material porcelain. They are durable and look like a natural tooth because they can be color-matched. However, they wear teeth opposite them if the porcelain becomes rough. These fillings are more resistant to staining than composite resin, but can also be more abrasive. They can last up to 15 years and can be as costly as a gold amalgam filling.
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