Posts for tag: dental crowns
Find out how this restoration is all you need to say goodbye to cracked, chipped teeth.
Accidents happen. Even teeth, which are very strong and durable, can become chipped, cracked, or damaged by decay, trauma, or an infection; however, if the tooth is still viable then our Denver, CO, dentists, Dr. Steven Wilk and Dr. Jeffrey Revoir, may recommend getting a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?
The concept of dental crowns has been around for centuries; however, modern dentistry has made these tooth-shaped caps look as close to the natural crown of a tooth as possible.
Crowns are often made from porcelain or composite resin, and the material is even matched to the shade of your tooth to ensure that your crowns blend in with the rest of your smile and look as realistic as possible. This restorative dental cap is hollow so that it can fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth to protect it from further damage while also restoring functionality, strength, and appearance.
When are dental crowns used?
Our Denver cosmetic dentists might recommend getting a dental crown for a number of reasons. You might benefit from a dental crown if you have:
- A weak or severely worn tooth
- A tooth damaged by extensive decay that a dental filling can’t support
- A tooth that has to undergo root canal treatment
- A tooth that is severely cracked or fractured
- A tooth that is malformed or contains serious internal discolorations
- To cover a dental implant
- To stabilize a dental bridge
As you can see, dental crowns can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Before getting a dental crown, our Denver restorative dentists will need to make sure that a crown is the best way to protect a tooth. Sometimes a tooth that has a crack or fracture that goes below the gumline is no longer viable and will need to be removed. This is why we may need to run X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and whether the tooth is still repairable.
No matter whether you have questions about dental crowns or you need to schedule a routine consultation to find out whether a crown could restore your smile then it’s time you turned to the experts at Artistic & Family Dental in Denver, CO. Book an appointment with us today.
A “crown” or a “cap” is the term used to restore a decayed or broken tooth that needs to be completely encased to protect the tooth beneath it. A crown's dual purpose is to restore the tooth's form and function. Decades ago gold was the material of choice for a crown. What we ultimately choose depends on a particular crown's requirements with regard to the tooth's appearance and function, and to some extent what you want.
Gold: Gold crowns last the longest and wear the best (at about the same rate as natural teeth), but they are not used as frequently today, especially if they are visible in a person's smile. Gold crowns are made of cast gold, a technique that has been in use for over a hundred years. They can last for decades, and have been known to last 50 years or more. They tend to cost less per tooth than porcelain or other materials.
All-Porcelain: “All porcelain” crowns have a natural appearance and as technology improves they are gaining popularity. Dental porcelains are composed of ceramic substances that are variations of glass. This gives them their translucent, lifelike appearance — but it makes them brittle and subject to fracture. Therefore all-porcelain crowns may not be a good choice for back teeth because they frequently fail under the biting forces applied during chewing and especially adverse habits like tooth clenching or grinding. Porcelain crowns are made of material that doesn't wear. Consequently, it can cause excessive wear to the teeth they bite against.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): PFM crowns have been in use for more than 40 years. They combine a substructure of gold or platinum for strength and have porcelain “facings” for the visible surfaces. In some ways they combine the best of both worlds, but they do have some problems; the metal can show through the porcelain, detracting from its life-like appearance. These crowns can have a functional lifespan of about 20 years or more.
New and Future Materials: Newer “pressed-ceramic” restorations and computer-milled ceramics have received good reviews for aesthetics and service. These new materials are being intensively researched. Initial results look good, but we'll have to see how they last over time.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about crowns and other dental restorations. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?”