By Angela Minor
A dental crown, or “cap” as it is more commonly known, is a fabricated tooth-shaped cover that fits in your mouth. If you have a broken or cracked tooth, a dental crown may be the appropriate solution for you. If you have tooth loss due to decay or severe wear, a cap might restore you to good dental health.
Dental crowns are made of several materials and can be temporary or permanent.
Stainless steel dental crowns are most often used as a temporary measure while awaiting a permanent crown solution. It protects the tooth and is a cost effective step to a permanent cap. Many times this is appropriate answer for children’s primary (baby) teeth if there is an issue.
Other metals, such as gold or base-metal alloys, can be used for crowns. There are benefits to this option. They withstand chewing and biting forces with minimal wear to opposing teeth. The drawback is the color, so they are mostly used in back molars.
Porcelain over metal fused dental crowns are more cosmetically appealing for tooth replacements. There is a small concern for chipping and a dark line if your gums recede.
Resin caps tend to be less expensive but wear down and are prone to chipping.
All ceramic or all porcelain dental crowns are a great choice for front teeth as they will be the best match for your natural teeth color. The strength of porcelain now rivals the metal crowns, and we now can use these for 90% of the mouth.
The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will be happy to discuss all the options for restoring you to dental health. We offer a range of services and products in our friendly and relaxed atmosphere. If you have a damaged or weakened tooth, don’t delay – see us today!