Tooth crowns (also called dental crowns and caps) provide a protective and restorative cover over the visible portion of teeth. Tooth crowns can be created to match a client's existing teeth in colour as well as shape so no one will ever know that the client has had the procedure. General cosmetic dentist, Dr. Haas uses tooth crowns at Haas Dental Centre in North York to help clients overcome a variety of dental issues.
Tooth crowns can be used in a variety of dental situations, including to:
Types of Tooth Crowns
- Protect and strengthen a weak or damaged tooth, such as one that is decayed or cracked
- Allow clients to chew effectively and speak properly with a weak or damaged tooth
- Restore the shape and colour of a damaged tooth
- Act as a replacement tooth on a dental implant
- Keep a dental bridge in its proper placement
- Make a smile more aesthetically pleasing
- Porcelain or all ceramic
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Metal, such as gold
||The decision regarding which type of tooth crown to use will depend on a number of factors, such as the location of the tooth crown, the durability and strength requirements, the client's own personal dental habits and aesthetic requirements.
Advantages and Disadvantages of All Porcelain Tooth Crowns
All porcelain tooth crowns are often requested because the porcelain material can be created to match the colour of the client's existing teeth. The result is a natural-looking dental restoration that can be undetected by other people. This is especially popular for front teeth. Dr. Dan Haas uses Procera, Empress or IPS e.max porcelain tooth crowns with great results.
The drawback of porcelain tooth crowns is that in certain situations they are not as strong or durable as the other options, such as full metal crowns. Opposing teeth may also experience additional wear.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Tooth Crowns
Back teeth requiring tooth crowns are often best suited by porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. This type of procedure offers a highly durable and strong material that still has the advantages of porcelain for a natural-looking tooth. In order for this type of tooth crown to be possible, the existing tooth structure must allow sufficient space for the tooth crown to be implemented.
On the disadvantage side, the metal can sometimes become visible on the gum line, which can take away some of the aesthetic appeal. Opposing teeth also can experience additional wear as a result of porcelain-fused-to-metal tooth crowns.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Metal Tooth Crowns
Clients who have very strong chewing forces or tend to clench or grind their teeth may require a metal crown. These long-lasting and super durable metals are very appropriate for back teeth and tend to keep the wear on adjacent teeth down to a minimum.
Metal crowns are not typically used today because they can be quite noticeable in a person's smile; however, in some cases this is simply the best course of action. The North York dentists at Haas Dental Centre will recommend metal tooth crowns if it is in the client's best interest.
If you would like to learn more about tooth crowns and how they can salvage a damaged tooth, please contact our office today to arrange a tooth crown consultation.