There are numerous reasons to consider having a dental crown placed when you have a missing tooth. It can restore your smile, help with eating and chewing food, and help stabilize a weak or cracked tooth. There are several different types of dental crowns available at offices such as Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, Florida.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown, sometimes called a cap, is a small prosthesis that fits over your existing tooth or a dental implant. They can be made from several types of materials. No matter what type of dental crown you choose, they are all designed to protect compromised teeth or replace missing ones.
Crowns must be attached to a post, tooth, or bridge to stay in position. Many people will choose to have them glued directly onto a filed portion of an existing tooth or the abutment for a previously placed dental implant.
However, they can also be incorporated into a bridge or flipper device that can be removed for eating or cleaning. A bridge can be an affordable solution and may be your only option if there is no other way to structurally secure the crown. Some people might consider veneers as a type of crown, but they generally do not cover the entire tooth. These can be an excellent choice for cosmetic repairs or to cover small cracks.
What Types of Dental Crowns Are Available?
Like other types of prostheses, dental crowns are not a one-size-fits-all item. Dental offices will often have several types of dental crowns to choose from. While most dental crowns are permanent or long-term solutions, some of them are only temporary. These are often used as a short-term solution while you are waiting for a permanent crown to be manufactured. They are attached with an adhesive that can be easily removed so you can switch to the permanent crown once it is ready.
They can also be made of a variety of materials. Which one is right for your situation will depend on the size and location of your missing tooth, your dental habits, and your budget. Know your options so you can discuss them with your dentist.
This is the most common type of crown used at Parkwood Dental. It is made from a high-quality porcelain material that can be custom matched to your other teeth. The result is a completely natural appearance. Porcelain crowns are as durable as they are attractive, and their all-porcelain construction means they are highly biocompatible.
Some crowns, particularly those on back teeth, are made from metal: often gold. These types of dental crowns are very durable and can be a suitable choice for people who grind their teeth. However, their obvious appearance makes many people shy away from using them.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
Some crowns are made with a layer of porcelain fused to a metal base. These PFM crowns are generally more affordable than all-porcelain models and provide a more natural appearance than all-metal models. However, the metal base may become visible over time, so they are best suited to back teeth such as molars.
Are You Ready to Learn More?
When you are ready to learn more about the types of dental crowns available and which one would be best for your situation, we can help. Contact Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL today to schedule a consultation.