Professional Dental Crowns to Strengthen Your Smile
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over the existing tooth to re-establish its shape and strength. Many dental emergencies require surgical or non-surgical procedures such as a crown or bridge. Dental crowns are the preferred treatment in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth and keep it from breaking or cracking
- To fix an already broken tooth
- To add support and strength to a tooth with a large filling where the majority of the natural tooth has been lost
- To cover or cap misshaped teeth
- To cover a dental implant or a tooth that has had a root canal
A dental crown can be created of either a gold alloy, porcelain veneer over a gold framework or fully porcelain. Dakota Dental Center will recommend which type of dental crown best suits your teeth as well as discuss the dental crown procedure and dental crown cost.
A consultation with your Apple Valley dentists at Dakota Dental Clinic will ensure the dental crown product and procedure is laid out in a way that best suits you.
Comparison of Crown Types
A crown can be fabricated of either a gold alloy, or a veneer of porcelain over a gold framework, or all porcelain. We will recommend the type of crown which will best meet your needs based on the material and its properties. In the case where either type of crown is acceptable, the following information will help you to decide which is best for you.
- Usually the treatment of choice for teeth in your smile line.
- It is the most esthetic option. The appearance can be indistinguishable from enamel
- Uses the latest generation of fracture resistant, non abrasive porcelain
- Has superior strength
Porcelain Fused to Gold
- Combines the benefits of gold (see below) with the esthetics of porcelain
- Made with the latest generation of porcelain
- The porcelain is the most esthetic available (translucency, opalescence)
- The porcelain is more fracture resistant than older generations
- This crown works well in any area of the mouth
- Requires the least amount of tooth reduction
- Very well accepted by the gingival tissue and periodontal ligament
- Highly polished surface resists plaque accumulation
- Non-abrasive to enamel of opposing tooth
- Usually the treatment of choice for back teeth