While taking care of your teeth is extremely important, a trip to the dentist often requires more than a regular teeth cleaning or dental x-rays. The dentists at Dakota Dental are skilled at handling those procedures. Dakota Dental provides important information when patients are in need of a dental crown, helping them to understand the different types of dental crowns and which are best suited for them.
A crown is like a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over the existing tooth as a way to re-establish the tooth’s shape and strength. There are several situations where a crown may be used. If a tooth is weak or cracked, a crown might be placed on that tooth to prevent it from breaking further. Or, if a tooth is already broken or misshaped, a crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it.
If a tooth has a large cavity filling that takes up the majority of the tooth, a crown could be added to support and strengthen it. Additionally, if a patient has had a root canal procedure or a dental implant, their dentist might add a crown to stabilize that tooth.
Crowns can be made of a combination of gold and porcelain. The crown could be all porcelain, all gold, or a veneer of porcelain over a gold framework.
All-porcelain crowns are most commonly chosen if the crown will show when smiling, since it will look almost identical to enamel. It is very strong and the newest types of porcelain crowns are fracture resistant and non-abrasive.
Gold crowns require the least amount of tooth reduction and resist plaque buildup. And if a patient has gingivitis or periodontitis, gold crowns tend to be accepted well by those tissues and ligaments. This type of crown is also non-abrasive and tends to be a common choice for back teeth.
Crowns that have both gold and porcelain combine the benefits of gold with the aesthetic appeal of porcelain and works well in any part of the mouth.
If you’re in need of a crown, talking to the Apple Valley dentists at Dakota Dental can help you make the best choice. Contact Dakota Dental to find out more about crown options or to make an appointment.
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Apple Valley, MN 55124