Bridges / Crowns
Why would I need a Dental Crown?
Crowns serve multiple purposes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Mainly, they provide support to broken or weakened teeth, either through fractures, large fillings, or decay. Other examples include:
- Anchoring bridgework
- Restoring the appearance of misshapen, chipped, or discolored teeth
- Covering a dental implant
- Rebuilding a tooth after a root canal (yes, you have to get a crown after a root canal)
- Creating a healthy bite
Types of Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns fall into 4 categories. We can determine which option is best for your scenario:
Porcelain crowns have the most natural look and are generally indistinguishable from natural teeth. Due to advancement in ceramics they are every bit as strong as metal or PFM crowns. New CAD/CAM techniques allow dentists to create crowns in minutes, but the procedure is typically costly. Porcelain crowns made in this way wear at the same rate as natural teeth.
Zirconia Crowns / Bridges
Zirconia is an all white “metal.” It’s been one of the BIGGEST advancements in dentistry that truly can replace a metal crown (and rival it’s strength). Don’t believe us? Check this video out:
All-Metal Crowns / Bridges
Precious metals have tremendous durability and are non-reactive. These characteristics make them a preferred material for dental crowns. Gold alloys are the most common metal for crowns, but some dentists also work in platinum or palladium alloys that have a silvery hue. Metal crowns offer outstanding longevity and durability like no other material. Unfortunately what they possess in strength you give up for esthetics. They are often used on molar teeth where they won’t be as visible.
Metal and Porcelain Crowns / Bridges
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) conceals metallic surfaces under a ceramic layer that closely resembles natural tooth enamel. Because of their metal cores, these crowns reveal their underlying structure in strong light and lack the translucency of natural teeth. However, their color and texture make them well suited to capping front or back teeth. PFM crowns can cause more wear on opposing teeth.
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