Several situations may cause you to require a dental crown. Dental crowns are often employed to cover dental implants or misshapen or significantly discolored teeth. Moreover, dental crowns can protect weak teeth from breaking, even holding together cracked parts of a tooth. A dental crown may also serve to keep a dental bridge in place or repair a broken or compromised tooth. In instances where there isn't a substantial amount of tooth remaining, a dental crown can provide cover and support. And for patients seeking a cosmetic modification, dental crowns tend to be a great solution.
owever, a dental crown may also be used on children's' primary (baby) teeth. A pediatric dentist might recommend a dental crown, specifically a stainless steel crown, to save a severely damaged, decaying tooth that can't support a filling, protect a tooth at high risk of decay, or even reduce the frequency of general anesthesia.
Permanent crowns can be crafted from various materials -- mainly stainless steel, metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and ceramic.
This is a prefabricated type of crown most often used as a temporary solution for permanent teeth. Nevertheless, stainless steel crowns are popularly fit over children's primary teeth to prevent further decay. Pediatric dentists usually opt for this type of crown as it doesn't necessitate several visits and can be more cost-effective.
This crown often consists of alloys with high contents of gold, platinum, or base-metal alloys like nickel-chromium or cobalt-chromium. Metal crowns are incredibly sturdy, rarely chip or break, and are the most durable option. However, the price of gold and conspicuous metallic color makes this type of crown the most ideal for hidden teeth like molars.
Unlike metal crowns, this type of dental crown can be color-matched to the teeth that surround it. Thus, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns come second only to all-ceramic crowns in their likeness to natural teeth. Moreover, this type of crown is most often used for front and back teeth or long bridges that require added strength. Unfortunately, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns tend to cause more wear to a patient's opposing teeth than metal or resin crowns, and the porcelain portion is susceptible to chips and breakages.
Although an all-resin dental crown is a far less costly option in comparison, it is prone to fractures and tends to wear down over time significantly.
All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain
Offering a superior natural color-match than any other type of dental crown, these types of crowns are good options for those with metal allergies.
Dental crowns, on average, will last a patient anywhere from five to 15 years. However, "the life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices and your personal mouth-related habits (you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging)."
Dr. Julie Liberman DDS of Great Neck Dental Care NY is thrilled to provide dental crowns to patients in the Great Neck area, spanning New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Douglaston, Jericho, Roslyn, etc. Whether you’d like to conceal mishappen or discolored teeth or need to protect a tooth from further decay and damage, there is a dental crown option for you. Contact us today to book your appointment and learn more about dental crowns!
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