A dental crown is an excellent restoration that allows patients to keep badly damaged teeth. In the past, these restorations were commonly made from metals like gold and silver. Fortunately, patients today can enjoy undetectable dental work when they choose dental crowns made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
What does a dental crown look like?
Dental crowns are shaped like teeth. They fit over a biological tooth like a cap and are cemented in place. Each dental crown is custom made to fit over your tooth and with your unique dental anatomy.
When it comes to their color and appearance, a crown’s aesthetic is determined by the materials from which it is made. All metal crowns made from gold or silver will look very noticeable. While these metals are very durable for restorations, those concerned with their appearance will likely prefer tooth-colored materials.
Popular options for tooth-colored dental crowns include all porcelain and porcelain fused over metal. Porcelain makes for beautiful and undetectable restorations because it comes in a number of white shades and reflects light similarly to natural teeth. While porcelain isn’t as durable as metal, it does stand up very well to the daily forces associated with eating food.
Why do I need a dental crown?
If your dentist has recommended a dental crown it is for good reason. Typically, patients require crowns when they have developed advanced tooth decay, endodontic infections, cracks, deep chips, and/or untimely tooth wear.
Having a dental crown makes it possible to keep a badly worn or diseased tooth, enjoy comfortable oral function, and improve your bite. Since crowns fit over the entire tooth’s surfaces above the gums, it provides reinforcement for damaged dental structures. If white materials are chosen for your dental crown, you can also enjoy an aesthetic improvement in your appearance as the tooth being treated will appear to have a perfect color, shape, and size.
If you have questions about dental restorations, give our practice a call to reserve a consultation with our dentist, Dr. David Kuban.