While there’s no other solution that does exactly what a dental crown can, you may have a few alternatives to choose from. These will depend on both your smile goals and what your tooth needs.
Why Get A Crown?
A dental cap, or crown, is a single piece of material that a dentist seats over a tooth. The tooth must be trimmed to get rid of decay and weak areas and create a flat-topped cone shape that can securely support a cap. Crowns help teeth compromised by deep fractures or extensive decay to stay in one piece.
If You Don’t Get A Crown
What are your other options?
Fillings. Some people prefer a filling because it’s cheaper, but it may only compromise your tooth further because of being too big.
Inlay or onlays. If only a portion of your tooth is damaged, then a filling-crown hybrid may be in order.
Veneers or bonding. These cosmetic treatments are conservative options only if your tooth is still structurally sound.
Extraction. You can pull the tooth and then deal with finding a way to replace it and preserve tooth alignment.
Do nothing. Whether your tooth hurts right now or not, it will break down sooner or later. Eventually, you won’t have the option of saving it with a crown – it’ll be either a root canal or extraction.
Rather than trying to figure out for yourself what your smile needs, visit a dentist near you. A professional will help you get an idea of the condition of your tooth. That way, you’ll be prepared to choose the best restorative option, which may very well end up being a dental crown!
Posted on behalf of:
Lakewood Dental Trails
10252 W Adams Ave
Temple, TX 76502
Okay, so no one is ever very excited to hear that they need a crown. But if and when you do, you’ll want to be prepared with some research on what options are available.
The Classic Metal Crown
When you picture a dental crown, you might think of a gold tooth. Gold and other metals are used to produce very reliable, long-lasting, and highly-visible crowns. A metal crown is usually preferred on a back tooth in terms of strength and appearance.
The Natural Porcelain or Ceramic Crown
These crowns look realistic because they have no metal in them. That’s also important if you have a metal allergy or the crown will be visible. Porcelain and ceramic look great, but aren’t as strong as metal. These crowns are happiest on front teeth in the smile-zone!
The “Best of Both Worlds” Crown
Many crowns are made of a metal core and have porcelain baked over them for an aesthetic finish. Also called porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crowns, these are very strong restorations.
So strong, in fact, that they can wear down the opposite teeth. And with time your gums could recede, exposing the dark metal underneath.
The Resin Crown
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solution, then a resin crown is the way to go. Full resin crowns will look nice. They won’t stand out the way a metal crown will, and they’re relatively inexpensive. The big catch is that a resin crown will wear and fracture and require replacement much sooner than any of your other options.
Equipped with some pros and cons, you can discuss crown options with your dentist and confidently choose the one that’s right for you!
Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
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