What is a crown?A dental crown is a customized cap designed to resemble the shape of your natural tooth. It serves various purposes and can be used in several cases.
Adults may benefit from dental crowns if they have:
- A vulnerable tooth that requires care
- A separated or worn tooth
- Preventing a bridge from moving
- Working on the appearance of distorted teeth
- Encasing a medical device.
- Supporting a tooth that has an enormous filling.
Children can also benefit from dental crowns for many reasons, including:
- Restoring a tooth that is extensively damaged or decayed
- Protection for high risk of decay
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Crowns can be made out of different materials. Here are some common examples:
- Porcelain: They provide the most natural appearance of the other types. These crowns are highly attractive and blend seamlessly with the neighboring teeth. In our dental office, we are dedicated to providing biocompatible dentistry options.
- E-Max: These crowns are crafted using highly durable and opaque lithium disilicate ceramic. E-Max crowns are highly durable and blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, creating a natural-looking smile.
- Metal: Metal crowns are made entirely of metal and are a great choice for durability. They have a reduced risk of fractures and do not cause excessive wear on neighboring teeth. Moreover, these crowns require less tooth grinding for proper fitting.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are a mix of metal and porcelain crowns. Metal is used to create the underlying structure of the crown that fits snugly over the tooth, while porcelain is utilized to craft a white, realistic outer surface. This variety of crowns enables a precise fit and combines the aesthetic appeal of porcelain crowns with the robustness of metal.
- Zirconia: On the other hand, these crowns are highly durable and resistant to chips and cracks. They have a remarkably natural appearance alongside neighboring teeth and exhibit high transparency.