The outer covering of the tooth, called the enamel, is susceptible to damage and decay. When this happens, it’s mostly recommended by dentists to crown teeth, especially when tooth filling does not solve the problem of tooth decay. Tooth crowning is the process of covering the enamel of the tooth with a metal or ceramic crown that restores the function and shape of the tooth.
As of today, there are many types of crown material that are used in tooth crowning. Crowns can be made up of these materials, such as porcelain crowns, metal crowns, ceramic crowns, composite resin crowns and zirconia crowns. Depending on the tooth structure, dentists may even combine materials together to boost the strength of the tooth crown.
There are also a lot of other factors that dentists will consider for tooth crowning, such as the gum line, the function of the tooth that will need crowning, the colour of the surrounding teeth and the condition of natural teeth. This is to ensure that the appearance and restoration of the crown will look as natural as possible.
At Vivid Dental Surgeons, we design crowns that are porcelain fused with metal. This acts best when permanent crowning is needed. We also offer other material options such as composite resin, all-ceramic, stainless steel, and even gold. Each material has its pros and cons, and it is important to discuss with your dentist before you choose which one you’d want. For example, gold crowns are corrosion-resistant, especially if the gold content is high.
If you can’t decide which types of crown material would suit you best, no worries. Our dentists are available to give you the best advice that is best suited to your lifestyle and needs.
These are the most popular options and built up of metal alloys. Metal crowns are preferred because not only do they last longer, but they are also aesthetic. However, some people might not prefer the shiny look of metal.
These crowns are built up of ceramic or porcelain material and are probably the most cosmetic option you can get. They are also impressively durable and resistant to corrosion. People who think their appearance matters more, this is the option for you!
The combination of both metal and white crowns is highly popular. These crowns are made up of a metal substructure with a ceramic or porcelain overlay.
Tooth crowning is also usually recommended after root canal treatment to provide more protection to the affected tooth due to its fragile state. No matter if you’re missing a tooth, your dentist will help you determine whether a tooth implant or dental bridge may be needed.
Dental bridges have a slightly different function than crowns. Instead of offering protection to the enamel, bridges help in tooth replacement.
Structure-wise, bridges are made up of two crowns at opposite ends joined by false teeth known as Pontics – thus the name ‘bridge’.
Just like crowns, bridges are made up of metal alloys, ceramic or porcelain. Choosing which type would suit you is important, and your dentist will be able to recommend the best option tailored for you.
Dental bridges bring a lot of benefits to you, such as tooth and speech restorations. Missing teeth can make it challenging for simple eating movements like chewing and bite force, therefore dental bridges help take care of that for you. Dental bridges also help with face-shape restoration and prevent your teeth from getting displaced too. They are exceptionally helpful in the process of tooth crowning as well.
Our team at Vivid Dental Surgeons will take care of everything from you, from providing advice on tooth crowning to deciding the best type of crown material you need and even up to post-recovery. It’s important to allow your wound to heal. Should you experience any worrying symptoms after the crowning procedure, please do not hesitate to approach and consult with us immediately.