A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth, helping to restore its shape, size, strength, or improve its appearance. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but can also dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. When the crown is adhered into place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
There are two types of porcelain crowns for consideration in restorative dental work: all porcelain and porcelain fused to metal structure. Each has its advantages. The primary benefits of a porcelain crown is that the color and translucency most closely mimics natural tooth appearance and are highly resistant to wear. For people sensitive to metal, all-porcelain options are more biologically compatible. Metal understructures, however, provide a highly reliable seal. Talk to your dentist about the options that suit your needs.
Depending on the location in your mouth and the extent of the work, the restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials that is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Our expert dentists will discuss which component materials are best suited to your particular case and what the best solutions are in terms of longevity, economy, and the number of visits required.