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The Most Common Types of Dental Crowns

Posted on 5/25/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works.
Everyone has heard about crowns. Usually, though, it isn't in the context of how great they are and how well they work, it is usually because they are afraid to get one because many times getting a crown involves a root canal.

So, what exactly is a crown?

A crown is just like it sounds. It is a fixed object that is placed over a tooth, like a crown, and is cemented in place to act as a natural tooth. Aside from replacing a damaged tooth it also strengthens your tooth and improves its appearance.

When you get a crown, we take an impression of your teeth to record how they are aligned and their size (height) so we can ensure that the crown will fit in properly and help your bite rather than hinder it.

Once your damaged tooth is prepared for the crown we will put a temporary crown on until the new one is ready. That way you won't have to go around with a damaged tooth.

What Are the Different Types of Crowns?

First, there are ceramic crowns which are generally used to restore your front teeth. The ceramic crowns are colored like natural teeth and will blend right in with your natural teeth.

Next there are porcelain crowns. These are also colored like your natural teeth and they are quite strong. There are also porcelain crowns that are bonded to metal. These are stronger than regular porcelain because they are bonded to metal to improve their structure.
Then there are gold alloys. These are the gold crowns you hear about. Gold crowns are very durable, bond well to the teeth and don't fracture.

Finally, there are crowns made of base metal alloys. These crowns are the most durable and highly resist corrosion. These crowns require the least reduction of the natural tooth before they are fitted.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about dental crowns.
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