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Crowns are fixed tooth-shaped prosthetics that can be cemented onto your natural teeth or implants.
At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, depending on the health of your tooth, Dr. Shohreh Sabeti will perform a variety of restorative procedures, including cavity fillings, bonding, root canals, and veneers. In addition to these, crowns are also needed, particularly if your tooth is too decayed or damaged to be fixed by more conservative means.
When are Dental Crowns Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in several situations:
Types of Dental Crowns
At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, we use several different types of dental crowns.
Gold is the strongest, most durable, and most malleable material for dental crowns. Gold is hypoallergenic, does not break down, and is known to last for up to 40 years. Most people prefer gold crowns in their back teeth because of the metallic color, and because they can withstand a huge biting force.
Base-metal crowns like cobalt-chromium or nickel-chromium crowns are also very strong and durable. They also require a very little amount of tooth structure to be eroded. Base-metal crowns are also corrosion resistant and work well for back teeth. However, some people may be allergic to certain metals, like nickel, in the crown.
PFM crowns are made of a metal interior and a porcelain exterior. These crowns are tooth-colored, but sometimes the underlying metal may show through as a dark line next to the gum line. Because of this, people prefer them for their out-of-sight teeth. Additionally, the porcelain part of the crown may also be prone to chipping, and the crown may erode the opposing tooth.
Ceramic crowns are the most natural-looking types of crown, though they are not as strong as metal-based crowns. Porcelain crowns are preferred only for front teeth as they cannot withstand high bite pressure and because they are highly resistant to stains.
Composite Resin Crowns
Composite resin crowns are also tooth-colored crowns that can be used to restore front teeth. These crowns are the weakest type and do not last as long as metal or even porcelain crowns. However, they cost the least out of all these types of crowns.
Problems With Dental Crowns
If a crown is not made of high-quality material or not placed properly, it can lead to a few problems:
A crown can last for 15 to over 40 years, depending on the material it is made from and on your oral care.
A dental crown is one of the best ways to restore a badly damaged tooth without resorting to more invasive procedures. If you think you may need a crown, contact us at (213) 314-0636 to schedule a visit.