When cracks and cavities leave teeth damaged, restorative dental work becomes necessary. Often, simple fillings are enough to repair a tooth; however, sometimes a tooth is damaged to the point where fillings won’t help hold it together. When this occurs, a tooth crown often becomes necessary. Natural-looking tooth crowns can help repair badly broken teeth by covering and protecting the remaining tooth structure from further decay. They can even take the place of a tooth by topping off a dental implant.
Types of Crowns
Dental crowns are most commonly made in three ways:
- Gold – Sometimes used for teeth located in the rear part of the mouth, gold crowns are quite durable; however, as the price of gold ascends, they’ve become less popular. They’re also less esthetically pleasing, because they tend to stand out from adjacent natural teeth.
- Porcelain/metal hybrid – Because they closely match the appearance of natural teeth, porcelain/metal hybrid crowns are more attractive than all metal varieties. That said, over time, the underlying metal may begin to show near the gum line, causing the crown to become more noticeable and less appealing.
- All-porcelain – Technological advances have made all-porcelain crowns far more durable than they used to be. This has made them the most popular restorative material today, especially since they blend in so well with adjacent natural teeth.
A Popular Choice
Because they are durable and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, porcelain crowns tend to offer the best results. While some regard porcelain as a relatively fragile material; in reality, the porcelain used in today’s tooth crowns is amazingly strong and durable. In fact, porcelain tooth crowns are capable of withstanding about as much wear and tear as a natural tooth. As an added bonus, the porcelain material is very tooth-like in appearance; and the shade of the porcelain can be customized to match the teeth surrounding the tooth crown so your smile is restored naturally.
Dentists such as Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins can help you understand what kind of tooth crown meets your specific needs. Regardless of what material it is made of, your tooth crown will be custom molded to ensure that it compliments your natural teeth.
If you live in the Spokane, WA area or are willing to travel to Spokane, please contact Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins today, or call their Spokane office at 509-368-7788 or in Spokane Valley at 509-228-3998.