Many people think of metal, when they think about dental crowns. Probably because for years that was the only way to deal with a particularly bad cavity, or an otherwise damaged tooth. But modern dental crowns come in a variety of materials designed to meet every smile’s need. From functional support and protection for a chipped, cracked or decayed tooth, to a beautiful and stable form of tooth replacement, crowns can serve a variety of functions, and they can even look good in the process. So, if you’ve been suffering with a dental problem and delayed treatment for fear it means ending up with a mouth full of metal, now is a wonderful time to talk with your restorative dentist about the unique benefits of modern dental crowns.
Is a Crown Right for You?
Metal crowns are still available, and they can be useful, particularly for protecting back teeth which are not highly visible and which get a lot of wear. But, they are no longer the only option, and many patients and dentists prefer the look of other alternatives, such as dental porcelain.
Porcelain crowns are similar to natural teeth’s enamel, in that they are stain-resistant as well as chip-resistant, making them a good long-term option for both restorative treatment, as a dental prosthetic to cope with tooth loss, as well as a cosmetic option, such as is the case with porcelain veneers.
If you have a chip or crack in a tooth, a crown can be used to help prevent it from worsening and threatening the loss of the tooth. But a crown can also be used as part of a dental bridge or dental implant, to help a patient rebound from tooth loss. So if you feel you need restorative dentistry, or are looking to complete your smile after the loss of a tooth, talk to your dentist about the many ways a crown can help, and which material of crown is right for you.