Dental crowns are commonly used by dentists to aesthetically improve discolored and damaged teeth and to protect damaged teeth. Veneers are used as partial covers for one side of single teeth that are damaged, and a crown is used as a “cap” to be placed over an entire tooth that is damaged. A crown will restore a broken tooth to its original look in size and color.
- When it comes to crowns, there are a variety of options that you dentist can discuss with you.
- Do you want a metal crown? The positive aspect of a metal crown is strength and durability; however, many do not care for the metallic look on your teeth. The most common uses for metal crowns are for baby teeth that will eventually fall out and for adult teeth that are out of sight.
- For visible teeth, you may want to use a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. This combines the underlying strength of the metal with the better looking porcelain on the outside. While porcelain looks the most like your regular teeth, it can chip or break more easily than metal.
- If your budget is tight, there is always the option of all-resin crowns instead of porcelain crowns. These are less expensive, but they are also more likely to wear down quickly. They are also more prone to fracture.
- Some folks have metal allergies. These patients may want to use an all-porcelain or an all-ceramic crown.
Porcelain crowns have become the common choice for those looking to leave their smile as bright and natural as possible. The porcelain looks like the white enamel of a healthy tooth. Most people will never even know that you have had crowns placed on your teeth. This natural look will allow you to smile with an ease that will infuse you with confidence.