There are many reasons for needing a dental crown. They help to preserve damaged teeth, strengthening them, and protecting them from additional harm. They are a great solution for teeth that have a more significant amount of decay that cannot be treated with a filling. They are also excellent for protecting a tooth after a root canal or root canal retreatment. At Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141, we offer many types of crowns and can help you to choose the best one based on your needs.
Metal crowns are made from many different materials, including palladium alloy and base metal alloy. Alloys are mixtures of metals that help to improve strength and increase resistance to corrosion. These crowns are incredibly resilient and very affordable. As such, they are perfect for teeth near the back of the mouth. They also require the least amount of enamel removed before placement. However, they are not a very aesthetic choice due to their silver color.
Gold crowns, like other metal crowns, are very strong and long-lasting. Gold crowns that are well-cared for can last 40 years or more. They require the least amount of enamel removal and do not cause wear on surrounding teeth. Gold is less likely than other metals to cause reactions. However, in addition to being more expensive, they are also quite noticeable due to their color.
Stainless steel crowns are often used for treating damaged or decayed baby teeth, which eventually fall out on their own anyway. They are also often used as temporary crowns for adults. They are replaced later once the final crown has been completed. Like metal and gold crowns, these crowns are not aesthetically pleasing.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are meant to provide a more aesthetic solution while still providing the same strength and protection of metal crowns. The porcelain coating is made to match the color of your actual teeth, making it a more natural restoration. Despite the more natural appearance, PFM crowns can cause the surrounding teeth to wear down more easily. The porcelain can chip if you bite down on something hard or use your teeth to open a package or remove clothing tags. The metal base can also sometimes be seen along the gumline and can become more noticeable if you suffer gum recession.
Resin crowns are made from composite resin. These crowns can match the color of your natural teeth, providing a more natural restoration. The biggest drawback to resin crowns is that they are not very strong. Because of this, they are not used often.
Ceramic crowns are the most aesthetic option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. We can make these crowns to match the color of your actual teeth perfectly. Ceramic also mimics the sheen of natural enamel. While not as sturdy as metal crowns, they can stand up to the weaker forces exerted on the front teeth. This strength, as well as their aesthetic benefits, making them perfect for treating front teeth.
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For more information on the different types of crowns we offer, and to schedule your appointment, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 today.