The best way to save a person’s few remaining teeth is to place a dental crown. It can also be used to restore a previously treated tooth or cover a dental implant.
A dental crown looks natural inside the mouth because of the external porcelain material. The porcelain layer mimics the shape and color of a natural tooth, making the restored tooth blend with the natural ones.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM). The outer surface is made of porcelain and the inner part is made of metal. This type of crown can copy the color (shade) of the adjacent tooth. This crown is good for the front and back teeth.
Metals composed of gold alloy, palladium or a based metal alloy. Tooth reduction is minimal in this type of crowns. However, aesthetically this can only be used on the back (posterior) teeth. It withstands biting and chewing forces and the crown rarely breaks.
Gold Crowns. The strongest crown and can withstand biting and chewing forces because of the malleability of the gold. This type of crown will not chip or break and it will last the longest. Nevertheless, it is expensive because of the gold content.
All Resin or All Plastic Crown. Less expensive and is more prone to fracture.
All Ceramic or All Porcelain Crown. Suitable for people with metal allergies. It has a better color match and good choice aesthetically. This kind of crown is not as strong as the other metals or crowns, thus it is most commonly used in the front (anterior) teeth.
Two out of ten patients will feel tooth sensitivity for at least 2-3 days.
Jacket crowns can last up to 8-10 years with the proper cleaning and visit to the dentist every 6 months.
Taking good care of the crown as to avoid any oral complications is as follows;
Visit the dentist every 6 months for check-up and for oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).
WRITTEN BY: DR. MARI ELIZABETH PERENA | EDITED BY: DR. RICHELLE RAMIREZ
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