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 dental 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.
If you know or suspect that you might need a dental crown in Spokane, please call (509) 532-1111 today to schedule an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Ken or Dr. Marnie Collins at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.
What Dental Crowns Can Do for You
Dental crowns are very versatile restorations. We can use them in many different situations for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We use dental crowns when:
- A tooth is too decayed for a filling
- A large filling has failed
- Protecting a tooth after root canal therapy
- Topping a dental implant
- Supporting a dental bridge
- Cosmetic restorations when a veneer is not enough
- Rebuilding the bite in neuromuscular dentistry
Dental crowns can essentially give your new tooth an entirely new surface. This can protect, support, and beautify a natural tooth, or replace the visible part of a tooth as part of a dental implant.
You may think your tooth is too damaged, decayed, or unattractive to save, but in many cases a dental crown can save your natural tooth, and can look beautiful doing it.
Types of Dental 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 – These are also called porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns. 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.
Full-Coverage Crowns VS. Partial Coverage
At Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics, we only offer full-coverage dental crowns because we know they are the best and longest-lasting fix for your teeth. Full-coverage means that your entire tooth is covered with a crown, not just the top (inlay) or the top and partway down the sides (onlay). We also offer porcelain veneers for cosmetic reasons when there is no damage involved. However, when you have a tooth that is in need of protection due to damage or decay, a full coverage dental crown is your best option.
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 crowns is amazingly strong and durable. In fact, porcelain dental 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 dental crown so your smile is restored naturally.
Dentists such as Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins in Spokane can help you understand your specific needs. Regardless of what material it is made of, your dental 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 office at (509) 532-1111.