Having a tooth crowned is essential to preserving your smile and retaining a tooth that has been badly damaged. The full-coverage restoration encapsulates the remaining portions of the tooth that extend upward from the gumlines, protecting it from external forces and bacteria. While deciding to have the crown placed may feel like a big decision, the type of crown you choose should also be considered.
Gold has been used in dentistry for hundreds of years. It’s durable yet flexible alloy makes it function well in areas where there are greater chewing forces at play. If an upper back tooth needs to be crowned, gold is sometimes an option, as it does not cause any aesthetic concerns in those types of areas.
Porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns are ideal for teeth that are visible when you smile. The materials can be closely matched to the color of your other teeth, allowing the restoration to mirror the appearance of natural enamel. Durable, modern materials allow porcelain to withstand the normal wear and tear expected of such a restoration.
Stainless Steel Crowns
These metal crowns are meant only for temporary purposes, as they are not custom-shaped to the gumline of the tooth, nor do they withstand to extended use. They are frequently used for children, who do not yet have fully developed permanent teeth.
Inlays or Onlays
Sometimes called “three-quarter crowns,” inlays and onlays restore a large portion of the tooth without having to cover the entire surface. They help preserve what enamel is left, minimizing the treatment process. Inlays and onlays can be porcelain or gold.
You probably never knew that you had so many different options when it came to crowning your tooth. To find out more, ask your dentist which types of crowns their practice offers.
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