A crown on your head may be decorative but a crown on your tooth is a lot more useful. When people think of dental crowns, the first thing they usually think of is that they make a person’s smile look better. While they certainly can do that, your Gainesville dentist will tell you they also improve the functionality and strength of the teeth that have crowns.
The benefits of having crowns put on teeth may include filling in gaps, restoring teeth and preventing decay in the future. Crowns made to match the natural tooth also bolster self-confidence as you no longer worry that your teeth are discolored or show decay when you are smiling. A few other reasons for having crowns installed include:
- Protecting a tooth weakened by decay or cracked from breaking.
- Restoring a severely worn or already broken tooth.
- When a tooth needs a large filling but there isn’t much tooth left. A crown will cover and support the tooth.
- Holding a dental bridge in position.
- Covering badly discolored or ill formed teeth.
- Covering a dental implant.
- Cosmetic purposes for that perfect smile.
Gainesville dentist, Dr, Ada Parra, uses a variety of materials for crowns, including:
- Metal – The range of metals used for these crowns include silver, gold and stainless steel. Metal crowns are the strongest but are the most obvious as are quite visible. Because of their strength, they are a better choice for molars and use on abutment teeth for bridges.
- Porcelain – Since porcelain can be made to blend well with existing teeth, it is often the preferred choice for teeth that will show in a smile. To achieve better durability, a metal base is created and porcelain fused to it. Even though they are made to be as durable as possible, porcelain can still wear down or chip at the gum line, which often exposes the metal base. This is a good choice for front teeth but also do well for back teeth.
- Ceramic – Another good choice for front teeth, ceramic, like porcelain, can be made to match the color of existing natural teeth. Ceramic can be fused to a metal base like porcelain can or it can be made as an all-ceramic cap. As it is not as strong as porcelain, ceramic is recommended for front tooth use only.
- Resin – Resin has two things that make it an attraction option. One is that it is one of the cheapest materials to use for crowns and the other is that it can be made to match the appearance of the natural teeth. Resin is weaker than other options and more likely to chip or crack. Though they are cheaper up front, these crowns may not be the most cost effective in the long run.
If you need a crown, discuss the options with your Gainesville dentist so you know what type of crown will be best for your situation