Dental Crowns Replicate Healthy, Beautiful Teeth
A dental crown is a replica of one of your teeth, and can be used to restore a tooth that has become weak due to structural damage or a tooth infection. The restoration completely caps the tooth up to the gum line, creating a shield to protect it from bite pressure and other threats. When a tooth is chipped, cracked, fractured, broken, or has recently received root canal treatment, a dental crown can restore your bite’s function while preserving the healthy tooth structure that remains.
Choosing the Right Dental Crown
Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, including;
Metal – Metal crowns tend to be most effective on molars, which absorb the majority of your bite’s pressure.
Porcelain – Porcelain provides highly-realistic results, mimicking the color of your tooth as well as its ability to reflect light.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal – PFM crowns offer the strength of metal crowns with the esthetic value of porcelain.
Zirconia – Zirconia, like porcelain, is designed to mimic a tooth’s appearance with lifelike precision. However, zirconia is significantly more resilient, and able to withstand more pressure and friction without showing signs of wear.
Determining which crown is best for you depends on a number of factors, such as which tooth needs to be restored and how visible it is when you smile.
Partial Dental Crowns (Inlays/Onlays)
In some cases, Dr. Darlington might recommend a partial, or ¾ crown – also known as an inlay or onlay – that doesn’t cover your entire tooth. An inlay lies between the cusps of a tooth’s chewing surface, while an onlay might extend over one or more cusps and down the side of the tooth. Partial crowns allow us to restore a damaged tooth while retaining a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure.