General Dentistry

Dental Crowns

A crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps," a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won't solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn't get worse. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn't enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.

There are different kinds of crowns that are available now. Depending on the situation, one type of the crown is preferred over the other.

  • Metal crowns - this type of dental crown can be made of gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy, or chromium alloy. Metal crowns are ideal for use on the back teeth.
  • Porcelain crowns - this type of dental crown is composed of a thick layer of porcelain; these look like normal teeth and are ideal for use on the front teeth.
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns - this type of dental crown is composed of underling metal core covered with tooth colored porcelain. PFM crowns are stronger than porcelain crowns and look like normal teeth

 

 

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