Dental crowns can be a good choice for those wanting to restore their beautiful smiles by covering teeth that have become chipped, cracked, or discolored. Crowns are also used to restore the functionality of a decayed tooth that has undergone a corrective root canal by adding strength and protection to its structure. Likewise, some teeth with particularly large fillings may benefit from the protection of a crown. If you are considering getting crowns as part of your dental treatment plan, you may want to know something about the various types of materials used in manufacturing those crowns.
Some of the strongest materials used in making crowns are metals. Although they are very durable and long-lasting, they lack in aesthetic appeal so many people choose to use them only in less noticeable places such as in the back of the mouth. An alternative choice is to have a crown whose base is made of metal, to which porcelain is then fused; thus, providing strength and durability while having the more natural appearance.
Some people are allergic to metal or just prefer not to have metal crowns; in such cases, a crown can be manufactured of all porcelain or all ceramic. These crowns will give you the most natural appearance; however, they are less durable than metal and can wear down or chip over time. Finally, the least expensive crown can be made of resin material. Resin dental crowns also have a natural appearance but will need to be replaced more quickly than other types.
Whether you are needing dental crowns to restore one or more teeth, or simply desiring a nicer smile, your Buckhead Dentist will be able to help you choose the right option to best meet your individual needs.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid
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