Did you know that crowns are one of the most common dental treatments for handling dental troubles? Crowns (alternatively called as caps) are generally designed to cover teeth, which have decayed or have been damaged. However, in some cases crowns are used as anchors for dentures or bridges. Our team at Topanga Dental understands not only how to place crowns, but also how to utilize crowns for specific functions.
Crowns serve a dual purpose in that they (1) protect damaged teeth, and (2) serve as a great cosmetic cover for the teeth. Dental crowns are preferred treatments because they are likely to last between 10 and 15 years. We offer traditional and CEREC crowns to our patients.
Do You Need A Crown
After your dental examination, we will determine if a crown is best for your situation. However, there are a number of dental issues where crowns can be helpful. Those who have a broken tooth or even an extremely weak one, going forward with a crown is usually best. Additionally, if damaged teeth are left untreated, it can lead to serious infections and even damage the gums. Before opting for a crown, it is important to make a complete analysis of your oral health. In the following cases, it has been seen that the need for a dental crown is often felt.
- When a tooth needs to be strengthened after a root canal operation
- In order to cap the dental implants
- When teeth which have extensive fillings need the right support
- When a patient’s bite has to be improved
- The need to anchor fixed brides or dentures
The Different Types Of Crowns
There are four main styles of crown constructions. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Before we construct your crown we will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of each type with you so that you can choose on according to your needs.
Gold, platinum, and palladium are the most common metals used for constructing crowns. These are non-toxic and enduring, but their appearance is quite different from original teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFM)
In this form, the metals crowns have an additional thin porcelain layer fused over the top surface. These do not completely cover the metal that is present underneath and so it is mostly used for molars.
It is the most affordable crown and it has a natural appearance. However, it needs to be replaced quickly because it wears faster than the other types.
These offer the most natural look and blend well with the rest of your teeth. They are also exceptionally strong and have the same wear rate as natural teeth. They are the most popular choice