A crown covers the tooth 360 degrees and protects the tooth from further chipping or cracking and also improves the aesthetic look of the tooth. A crown will enhance the appearance of the damaged tooth. Ultimately, dental crowns help to restore the tooth’s natural function so as to prevent further decay or disease.
Some of the most common reasons you may need a dental crown includes:
Large broken-down filling
Extensive dental decay
Cracked or broken tooth
Tooth with poor size or shape
During an initial examination with our dentist, we can evaluate your teeth and gums and determine which teeth, if any, require a dental crown. We will take an x-ray of your teeth to detect any hidden decay than what we can see with the human eye.
There are four different types of dental crowns. The first, ceramic, is best for restoring front teeth and is popular when a patient want to blend the crown with their natural tooth color. This crown is made of a porcelain-based material. Another crown option is the Porcelain-fused to metal, which offers a stronger bond than regular porcelain as it is also connected to a metal structure.
Zirconia crowns are made of a metal material and are known for their durability. They are especially great for posterior crowns as they need a lot of strength for chewing or grinding food. This type of crown is milled by a computerized cutting machine known as a CAD CAM into the shape of the tooth for the patient. Another option is EMAX Crowns . Made of a lithium desilicated ceramic, this type of crown is the newest option and it is preferred over other types because it is made of a tougher material, making it more durable. This is especially greater as it is less prone to chipping.