A dental crown can save a natural tooth
A crown is essentially a hollow artificial tooth that is cemented over a damaged tooth to restore form, function, and beauty. They cover the entire visible portion of a tooth down to the gum line, providing strength and protection. Additionally, a special crown is used over an implant to replace a missing tooth.
There are a variety of reasons a patient may need dental crowns. Greenwood, SC dentist, Dr. Christopher Griffin may recommend a crown for the following:
- covering the anchor teeth (abutments) to secure a dental bridge
- covering multiple teeth in a full mouth restoration
- restoring a tooth with too much decay for the use of an inlay or onlay
- holding together a cracked tooth and sealing the cracks
- supporting weak teeth to keep them from fracturing
- protecting a tooth that may be brittle due to a root canal treatment
- covering discolored or badly shaped teeth
Crowns are usually made of gold alloy, all porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all resin. Each type has properties that may make it preferable for a particular situation.
Gold alloy crowns are thinner, requiring less tooth preparation for placement. They are strong and durable, withstanding the bite force of chewing. This makes them a great option for teeth in the back of the mouth. Metal crowns cause less wear to the opposing teeth than other options. They are rarely used on the teeth that show when a patient smiles due to aesthetics.
Porcelain crowns are the most aesthetic option, and are perfect for front teeth. They can be color matched to the adjacent teeth, and reflect and refract light like a natural tooth. They are not as strong as gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal-crowns.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are both strong and aesthetic, making them a good choice for the front or back of the mouth. Next to all porcelain crowns, these look the most like natural teeth. However, the metal may show through the porcelain at the base of the crown, creating a dark line. Resin crowns, although aesthetic and less expensive, wear down over time, and can be prone to chips or fractures.
For more information about crowns and other treatments that can address your dental concerns, call (864) 229-2610 and schedule a consultation. Dr. Christopher Griffin and his expert dental team can restore oral health and restore your happy, healthy, and beautiful smile.