Dental Crowns, What Are They?

Dental crowns are a dental covering for a tooth. An artificial dental crown protects a tooth from further harm. An orthodontic crown is a cap that fits over a fractured tooth to restore its function, form, and look. This type of material is utilized to produce them. The most common reason for a dental crown is a root canal or dental implant. Dentists create custom crowns to match a patient's natural teeth in color and shape.


When deciding on the best course of treatment, your dentist will consider the following:

  • The tooth's position and role
  • Your gum tissue's position and line
  • How much of the tooth shows when smiling?
  • The colors of the teeth surrounding
  • Their clenching or grinding habits dictate a person's dental crown material.


Porcelain-Metal Crowns

There are various types of porcelain-metal dental crowns and bridges.


Types Of Dental Crowns?




There are five types of dental crowns:

Heat causes porcelain to react to metal oxides, forming a solid bond chemically.


PFM crowns are more substantial than traditional porcelain crowns due to the metal component that supports them. They also match your natural teeth's shape, appearance, and function.


Metal and Gold Crowns

Metal crowns come in many shapes and finishes. They have a strong bond, are not brittle, and do not wear away teeth. These crowns are often made of gold, copper, and other metals. Some metal crowns are made of non-noble metals that are rust and corrosion-resistant.


A dentist must remove tooth structure before installing a crown. Metal crowns are more conservative because they require less removal.


Stainless-Steel Crowns (SSCs)

Stainless steel crowns can only be used on primary teeth. SSCs are used after pulpotomy or when amalgam fillings fail.


Cosmetic Crowns (Ceramic)

Ceramic crowns are mostly made of porcelain. Porcelain cosmetic crowns closely mimic natural teeth in appearance, form, and function, making them ideal for improving smiles. A crown that matches your natural teeth can restore the appearance of your front teeth. They are durable, resistant to chipping and shattering. The most popular option for all-ceramic crowns is zirconia.


All-Resin Crowns

Alternatively, all resin restorations are less expensive than platinum and gold crowns. Dentists rarely suggest resin crowns due to their increased risk of breakage, wear, and strain. Resin is softer than metal or porcelain. Resin restorations are only used on decayed infant teeth.


Oral Hygiene Recommendation

They can break like natural teeth. Also, the tooth beneath the crown can deteriorate. Prevent dental decay and crown damage:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day to avoid cavities and gum disease.
  • Chew soft foods, ice, and other complex objects like pencils instead of hard foods.
  • Consistent dental care is essential.


Contact your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Lafayette Dental Group today to learn more about All-On-Four Dental Implants.


*Neither this nor any other content in this media is meant to prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. We highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition

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