Types of Dental Crowns

Types of Dental Crowns

A crown is a restoration that completely covers a tooth. At Alta Vista Dental, it is made of porcelain, metal, or both materials. Crowns are most commonly used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. They are often recommended after a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling in place. They are also used to hold a bridge in place, cover dental implants, and even temporarily replace a missing tooth while a patient waits for a dental implant to be placed.

When a crown is recommended, the dentist will first remove any decay from the tooth. If part of the tooth is missing due to damage or disease, a buildup process may be needed to prepare the tooth for the crown. Next, an impression of the tooth will be created and sent to a special lab where a custom crown will be made. The dentist will ensure the fit and color match before permanently cementing it.

Types of Dental Crowns

Gold Crowns

Gold alloy crowns are made from gold, copper, and other metals. They are known for their excellent strength, durability, and biocompatibility. Gold crowns are highly resistant to wear and can last long.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns

Another option would be porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. These are made using a strong metal base and then covered in a thin layer of porcelain. The metal allows the crown to withstand biting pressure, while the porcelain provides a more natural appearance. They resemble a fused-gold crown, but the metal makes them more durable than an all-metal crown.

All-Porcelain Crowns

Many patients prefer all-porcelain crowns because they provide the most natural-looking results. This is because they provide the most resemblance to your natural teeth. However, they are less strong than some other options.

Advantages of Getting a Dental Crown

Restoring Tooth Function

Dental crowns are designed to restore the function of a damaged tooth. They provide strength, stability, and protection to teeth that decay, fractures, or large fillings have weakened. Crowns enable individuals to bite, chew, and speak comfortably.

Aesthetic Improvement

Crowns can significantly enhance the appearance of a tooth by improving its shape, size, and color. They are custom-made to match the natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking smile.

Protection for Weakened Teeth

Crowns provide a protective barrier for teeth that are structurally compromised. They shield the underlying tooth structure from further damage, reducing the risk of fractures or additional decay.

Improved Comfort

Crowns are designed to fit comfortably within the mouth, providing a smooth, polished surface that feels natural against the tongue and surrounding tissues.

Maintaining dental crowns is simple and involves regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. With proper oral hygiene practices, crowns can provide long-term benefits. Visit Alta Vista Dental at 3183 Independence Dr, Livermore, CA 94551, or call (925) 292-1459 to determine if a dental crown is the appropriate treatment option for your dental condition.


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