When your teeth age, they may weaken and you may find yourself with cracked or worn down teeth. There are instances when a dental crown is an ideal option for you. A dental crown covers your tooth and helps to improve its strength and appearance and restore its size and shape. Crowns are encased with cement and fully cover the visible portion of your tooth. If you think a dental crown is the best option for you, we at Stansell Dentistry Associates offer you a range of solutions to provide you with the best dental care experience.
Why is a Dental Crown Necessary?
There are a few cases where a dental crown is necessary to maintain your oral health. In adults, they often get a crown to restore an already broken tooth or one that is showing significant signs of being worn down. Crowns are also necessary if you have had a severe root canal treatment, where a significant portion of the tooth had to be removed during the operation. For others, a dental bridge, dental implant, cosmetic surgery, or discolored teeth, dental crowns are a well-known alternative option.
Children are also able to get dental crowns for their baby teeth, although it is only in extreme cases. A dentist might recommend a crown for your child’s baby tooth to save the tooth when a cavity gets so severe that the decay cannot be filled. If your child has difficulty maintaining a daily oral hygiene regimen, a crown may be placed to protect the teeth that are high-risk of becoming decayed. In extreme cases, if your child is unable to undergo general anesthesia for a dental procedure due to behavior, medical history, or age, a crown is a good alternative to ensure a healthy smile.
What Type of Dental Crowns Are Available?
Dental crowns come in a spectrum of materials including stainless steel, gold or other metallic alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or all-resin. Our professionals will aid you in your decision by choosing the ideal crown that works perfectly for you. Stainless steel is used on permanent teeth, but they are often only suggested for temporary usage. For adults, this material is used to protect your tooth or filling while a permanent crown is crafted. It is perfect for children since it covers the entire tooth and prevents decay. However, stainless steel crowns come out naturally with baby teeth, making them a perfect short-term solution for children.
Metal crowns contain gold, platinum, cobalt-chromium or nickel-chromium alloys. These types of crowns are extremely durable and rarely chip or break. The only drawbacks to metal crowns are the metallic color and the higher price of gold crowns. These are perfect for molars that are rarely seen. Porcelain-to-fused-metal is a great crown choice for those who want something that is color-matched to your other teeth. The metal is durable, which makes it great for long bridges, front teeth, or back teeth. However, the porcelain portion has a higher chance of chipping or breaking in comparison to metal-only crowns.
All-resin dental crowns are known to be the least expensive crown-type. The downside is they are known to wear down easily over time and can fracture or chip more easily than other crowns. Alternatively, all-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns are the most suitable crowns for those with a metal allergy. They can be color-matched to your teeth and are used for both front and back teeth. These are also likely to chip and fracture but are slightly more durable than all-resin.
Finding the perfect crown for your dental care requires the advice of our professionals. While you may have an idea of a preferred crown, our dentists can give you a clearer insight on which works ideally. To get a professional to help you get a dental crown, call Stansell Dentistry Associates today at 984-477-0177 for the next available appointment.