Dental Crowns Protect and Restore Teeth
As the name implies, a dental crown is placed on top of a tooth, covering it completely until the tooth reaches the gum line. The restoration can protect a tooth that has suffered structural damage or received a large filling, or improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped or exhibits discoloration. Like your teeth, every dental crown is unique, from its size and shape to the material that it is made from. Some of the more common reasons for needing a dental crown include:
- A cracked tooth
- A tooth that has a piece broken off
- A tooth whose filling has failed
- A tooth that appears too small, or is misshapen
- And more
Types of Dental Crowns
The type of dental crown Dr. Roberts recommends will depend on a number of factors, including the location of the tooth, the extent of its damage, and your own personal preference. Options for dental crown materials include:
Gold– gold dental crowns are often the strongest option, and work best for back molars. They can withstand pressure and last for decades.
All Ceramic – dental ceramic can be closely tinted to match a tooth’s unique color and shade. It is also semi-translucent and layered to reflect the light the way natural tooth enamel does.
Zirconia – zirconia is similar to dental porcelain, but with a more lifelike appearance and a stronger structural composition. Zirconia crowns may be a bit more costly, but are preferable when patients want a strong restoration that blends in with their natural smiles.
PFM – porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combine the strength of metal crowns with the attractiveness of dental ceramic. If you require a metal crown but prefer the look of dental porcelain, then speak with Dr. Roberts about the benefits of PFM crowns.
Benefit from a Custom-Designed Dental Crown
If you need to repair a tooth to restore your smile, then find out what type of custom-designed crown can best meet your needs. To schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Baxter, MN, today at (218) 454-0523. Our office proudly serves the residents of Baxter, as well as Brainerd, Little Falls, Staples, Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood, and all surrounding communities.