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Everything you should know about dental crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a damaged or weakened tooth to restore its strength, shape, and function. There are several types of dental crowns, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Here are the most common types of dental crowns and what you should know about them:

  • Porcelain crowns: Porcelain crowns are made of a high-quality dental ceramic that closely resembles the color and texture of natural teeth. They are the most aesthetically pleasing option, but they are also more prone to chipping or cracking than other types of crowns.
  • Metal crowns: Metal crowns are made of gold, silver, or other metal alloys. They are very strong and durable, but they are not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain crowns.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns: PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain. The metal base is covered with a layer of porcelain, which gives the crown a more natural appearance.
  • Zirconia crowns: Zirconia crowns are made of a strong and durable ceramic material that is resistant to chipping and cracking. They are a good option for patients who grind their teeth or have a history of dental problems.
  • E-max crowns: E-max crowns are made of a type of porcelain that is both strong and aesthetically pleasing. They are a good option for front teeth that require a natural-looking restoration.

When choosing a dental crown, it’s important to consider factors such as durability, aesthetics, and cost. Your dentist can help you choose the best type of crown for your individual needs and budget.

There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a dental crown:

  • To protect a weak or damaged tooth: If a tooth has a large filling or has been weakened by decay, a crown can help protect it from further damage.
  • To restore a broken or fractured tooth: If a tooth is broken or fractured, a crown can be used to restore its shape, size, and function.
  • To cover a dental implant: A crown can be placed over a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
  • To improve the appearance of a tooth: A crown can be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth, improving its appearance.
  • To support a dental bridge: A crown can be placed on either side of a gap created by a missing tooth to support a dental bridge.
  • To cover a tooth after a root canal: After a root canal, a tooth may be weakened and more prone to fracture. A crown can be used to protect and strengthen the tooth.

Dental crowns are a common dental procedure that can help restore and protect damaged or weakened teeth. If you are experiencing any dental problems, it’s important to see your dentist to determine if a dental crown is the best treatment option for you.

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