Types of Dental Crowns
Ann Arbor, MI
Dental crowns are commonly used to cover damaged teeth instead of outright removal and replacement with implants. They are also used with dental implants to fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth. Placing dental crowns over damaged teeth often requires alteration of the natural tooth structure to maintain uniformity of bite.
Several types of dental crowns are available, and their use depends on the patient's preferences and situation.
All Ceramic Dental Crowns
All ceramic dental crowns, often referred to as all porcelain crowns, are developed using ceramics and porcelains. They are free of metals and highly biocompatible. A major advantage of using porcelain is that it's easy to match their color with the patient’s real teeth, contributing to their facial aesthetics.
For this reason, ceramic dental crowns are often used in cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of the teeth. A major disadvantage of using ceramic crowns is the lack of strength that metal provides. This requires patients to exercise caution when applying chewing forces.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are made using a metal base with porcelain fused on top. This addresses the common concerns with porcelain-only teeth and is a popular choice for individuals who want the strength of metal but not its appearance. It is worth noting that the porcelain can deteriorate at a faster pace compared to the metal, causing a silver metal line to become visible.
Stainless steel is often used as a temporary solution while the permanent crown is being prepared. They are used to prevent bacteria from entering the treatment region while the patient waits for their permanent crown. Once the permanent crown is ready, the steel crown is removed and replaced with a permanent crown.
Gold crowns are becoming increasingly uncommon due to the prevalence of titanium and porcelain. In most cases, gold crowns are placed over molars at the back of the mouth because they are less visible.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
There are several benefits of dental crowns that can be life-changing for patients. For one, dental crowns can mimic the natural shape and functionality of real teeth. This allows the wearer to chew foods normally, although they may have to exercise caution when applying chewing forces.
Dental crowns are less invasive compared to surgical options such as dental implants. So, if you’re not ready for oral surgery, you may opt for dental crowns after consulting with your dentist. Many dentists use dental crowns in order to save a damaged tooth instead of removing it.
If you go to skilled professionals, such as Dr. Greashaber and , your dental crowns could last for as long as 25 years or more with good oral care. In some cases, dental crowns can last longer than dental bonding and veneers.
Can I Get Same Day Crowns?
In the past, crown placements required two visits. On the first visit, the patient would receive a temporary crown until their permanent one is manufactured. This process could take several weeks.
However, thanks to advancements in technology, you can now opt for same-day crowns at Greashaber Dentistry. This procedure can be completed in just a single day, so you won't have to disrupt your routine.
For more information, call us at (734) 662-1113 to book an appointment.