One of the most efficient ways to restore a tooth that has been cracked, broken, decayed, or is seriously misshapen or discolored is through the use of a dental crown. At Dr. Ettienne van Zyl’s Memphis cosmetic dentistry practice, a dental crown is one of our areas of expertise. For patients who are in need of dental crown treatment, Dr. van Zyl will help you determine what type of dental crown may be best for you.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is one of the treatments available to restore the strength and function of the teeth. A dental crown encircles an existing tooth and is bonded into place with dental cement to help block out bacteria. Crowns can also be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth; in this case the crown is screwed onto the head of the implant post.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are several choices available when it comes to dental crowns. Each of our Memphis restorative dentistry patients should learn about the types of crowns available to determine which material is the best choice for them.
- Metal crowns: Dental crowns that are made entirely of metal maintain more natural tooth structure than other types of dental crowns. A metal crown also protects surrounding teeth from damage. Another benefit of a metal crown is its strength. Metal crowns rarely break and offer strong support to the tooth. While metal crowns are not as attractive as some of the other options, they may be advised for patients who grind their teeth or chew their fingernails.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: With a metal center surrounded by a layer of porcelain, this is a more natural and attractive option than a metal crown. A benefit to this type of crown is that it has a strong metal center. A downside to this option is that this crown takes up a lot of space. This material is thick, so surrounding teeth may be altered to ensure there is adequate space for the crown. Another factor to consider is that the porcelain may chip or crack. After some time the metal center may show slightly through the porcelain layer.
- Resin:A crown made entirely of resin is typically the most affordable crown available. However, the downside is that these crowns cannot be expected to last as long as those made of other materials.
- Ceramic or porcelain: These are the most prominently used dental crowns. They can provide strength without the need for a metal center and are made of a thinner material. This is especially beneficial in areas of the mouth with limited space. One disadvantage to consider is that these crowns may not last as long as their metal counterparts.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are looking for a skilled and experienced dentist in the Memphis area, schedule a consultation today. Dr. Ettienne van Zyl wants to help you regain confidence in your smile; he will perform an exam to determine which treatment is best for you.