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Will you See my Dental Crown?

Posted on 7/15/2015 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A diagram of how a dental crown works.When you experience trauma, decay, or infection in a tooth and are told you need a dental crown, do you worry that others will see it? The good news is that dental technology has advanced in such a way that seeing any type of tooth replacement is very unlikely, but understanding the types of crowns that are available to you and what can and cannot be seen will help you decide what is right for you.

Dental crowns are meant to strengthen what is left of a tooth that has been damaged yet has its roots intact. It is one of the best ways to allow a patient to keep their roots, as that is the most beneficial for them, without sacrificing the function of the tooth that is left.

Types of Crowns

There are three types of crowns that we will choose from when we help you replace your damaged tooth. The location of the tooth and your desire for aesthetics will help us determine the right choice for you. We will discuss the benefits of each type of crown with you to help you make the right choice with us as we work as a team with our patients to ensure complete satisfaction.

Porcelain - These crowns are the most common for the teeth that you can see up front. They provide the most realistic look for our patients. The problem is that they are not as strong as the other options, which limits us as to where they can be used. They are restricted to use on the front teeth because these teeth are not used for excessive chewing, which would wear the porcelain down, requiring you to need a new crown in the near future.

Porcelain Fused to Metal - For the best of both worlds, we can offer our patients porcelain fused to metal crowns. This is a crown with a metal base, which provides your tooth with the most durable, functional without any worry of it breaking while providing the aesthetics of porcelain that you desire. This is the most common choice for most patients as it is a durable and attractive function.

Metal - Metal crowns are reserved for posterior teeth that are out of sight. Metal crowns are the most durable, which is why they are used on the teeth that are used for the heaviest amount of chewing. They replicate the strength of your natural tooth, enabling you to continue to eat your favorite foods without worry of damaging the crown.

Dental crowns are often the choice for tooth replacement before deciding to extract a tooth. We want to do everything possible to help you keep your natural roots as this will give your mouth the best stability in the long run. If you have to have a toothed extracted, you are at risk for bone loss in that area which can have detrimental effects on your mouth in various ways.

Most patients worry about bone loss because of the sagging that their face will undergo as a result. This may not occur right away, but a few years down the road. Eventually, your bone will become completely resorbed, requiring you to need a bone graft and replacement tooth in order to keep the area intact.

If you have a weak or damaged tooth, please call us for an appointment. We will discuss the benefits of dental crowns and show you the various options available. We will work closely with you to help you determine the right choice to ensure a positive outcome for both function and aesthetics of your dental crown.
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