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Dental Crowns: What Are the Options?

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Options have soared over the last decade in all areas of dental restorations. Dental crowns are right at the top of the list.

A dental crown is a restorative oral prosthesis. There are several types of crowns and each crown type uses a unique make-up of materials. Your dentist will explain each option available to you. Together, you will decide the best treatment plan.

Stainless Steel Crown

Stainless steel crowns are usually done as a temporary measure. A dentist will place a stainless steel crown on a primary tooth when there is a lot of decay present. A baby tooth is not strong enough to support a large filling and the child needs to retain this primary tooth for a year or more. When baby teeth are extracted too soon, the other teeth can drift or shift out of place. This would cause serious consequences when the permanent tooth erupts. The stainless steel crown holds this space.

Gold Crowns and Porcelain Fused To High Noble Metal Crown

The benefit of the gold crown and the porcelain fused to high noble metal crown is their durability. The gold crowns rarely chip or break. Another benefit, less tooth structure has to be taken away in preparation of the crown. The drawback is the metallic color. Porcelain fused to metal crown is colored matched to the adjacent teeth; however, the metal can show as a dark line next to your gum. The porcelain fused to metal is more fragile than gold. The porcelain can chip off or break. These two types are good choices for out of sight teeth.

All Ceramic / All Porcelain Crown

Porcelain crowns provide the best color match to your natural teeth. They are also a good option for people with metal allergies. This is an excellent choice for front teeth. These crowns are not as durable as porcelain fused to metal crowns, and they can wear down opposing teeth more than metal crowns.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry


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