Dental Restorations/ Tooth-Colored Porcelain Crowns
Dental crowns are a type of dental prosthetic used to repair damaged teeth or to restore their appearance. Made of tooth-colored materials, specifically porcelain, dental crowns go over a damaged or decayed tooth or are used as a part of bridgework to restore balanced function and esthetics to the mouth.
Dental crowns are also part of dental implants. A tooth-root replacement is installed with dental implants into the jaw itself, and the dental crown is fixed onto it. The crown is the only part you see above the gum line.
Dental crowns may be used for various dental restorations, including:
- repairing a natural tooth that is fractured or broken
- covering the remains of a tooth that was deeply decayed
- hiding a large filling
- protecting the remaining tooth after a root canal
Dental crowns are also an essential part of a dental bridge used to restore a missing tooth or teeth.
Types of Crowns
Porcelain crowns are either entirely porcelain, or they are porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fused to metal, known as a PFM crown, has a metal core with a layer of tooth-colored porcelain baked onto it. Both types of crowns can be crafted in a dental lab, and your dentist may need several dental office appointments with you to restore your tooth or teeth. Most times a full porcelain crown can be done right in the office in one appointment using CEREC technology.
While porcelain-only crowns are metal-free, porcelain fused to metal crowns can offer some benefits. They are durable and long-lasting; the metal core makes them very strong and they can be particularly good for front teeth in patients that have a particularly difficult bite. The porcelain exterior can be customized to match the color and shape of your teeth.
A third option that is sometimes used, especially for molars, is a gold crown. Gold crowns offer great strength and durability especially in the very back of our mouths. If you don’t mind a crown that doesn’t match your natural teeth, a gold crown can still be a great solution.
Caring for your oral health includes maintaining your teeth, preventing the effects of gum disease, and restoring and preserving your teeth for as long as possible. If you are interested in learning more about tooth-colored porcelain crowns or any dental health and restoration issues, call us at (330) 836-5585 today!