Dental crowns, also known as “caps”, are used to cover a damaged tooth or implant. It’s also used to help strengthen the tooth and improve the overall appearance and alignment of the teeth. They are made by taking an impression of the tooth to be covered and a dentist must first reduce the original size of the tooth to be covered, so that the crown can fit properly over it. There are four different types of dental crowns that you choose from, depending on what you need, how you want it to look and what your insurance company will cover.
Types of Dental Crowns
BASIC METAL ALLOYS
Basic metal alloys are made up of non-noble metals that require the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed during the fitting process. The non-noble metals make these crowns very corrosion-resistant.
PORCELAIN-FUSED TO METAL
Far more durable than regular porcelain crowns, this type of crown provides greater protection since it is fused to a metal structure.
Gold alloys are a mixture of gold, copper and other metals. These crowns provide a strong bond to the tooth so it doesn’t fracture. Another added benefit is that it does not wear away the tooth.
Ceramic crowns are made of a porcelain-based material and are used to help restore front teeth as they are designed to blend the most with the natural tooth color.
The durability of the crowns depends on a number of factors. The gold and metal alloy crowns are known for being the most durable against wear and tear, such as teeth grinding. Taking care of your teeth on a daily basis, while also scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, are the best way to ensure proper tooth and oral care to prevent the need for crowns in the first place.
If you are looking for a dentist in and around Glendora, California, look no further. The qualified dentist, Dr. Sachin P. Desai, D.D.S. and his friendly staff at Glendora Family Dentistry are more than happy to help you. To find out more about the services available and request an appointment, contact us at (626) 914-0500 or request an appointment online.