Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are a complex restoration recommended when no other simpler restoration can be utilized to save, preserve, or strengthen a tooth. It is recommended when teeth are fractured, stained, damaged, or used to attach a bridge. A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps a tooth, to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is not only to strengthen but to improve the appearance of a tooth.

Both aesthetics and function are considered when choosing the type of materials most suitable for you. There are many factors involved such as tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shade of your tooth, and the function of the tooth. Crowns are made from a number of materials: all gold, porcelain fused to a precious metal alloy, or all-ceramic. All have a specific place in restorative dentistry depending upon the functional and aesthetic demands of the patient.

Types of Crowns

  • Porcelain Fused to Metal Alloy CrownsPorcelain to metal alloy crowns has a precious metal base and porcelain facing on top. These restoratives allow you to have a restoration that has both strength and aesthetics. They are used in areas of high functional demand and high aesthetic requirements.
  • All Ceramic CrownsAll-ceramic crowns are metal-free. These new restorative materials demonstrate properties similar to those of natural teeth. They are used in areas of low functional demand and high aesthetic requirements.
  • Gold CrownsAll gold crowns are used usually on posterior teeth of patients when there is evidence of wear on their natural teeth perhaps due to heavy grinding.

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