A dental crown is a cap placed over a tooth or a dental implant to keep it protected. It is a type of dental restoration which restores the shape, strength and size of a tooth by covering it. Dental crowns enhance the appearance of the person because it covers the imperfect tooth and people actually see the dental crown instead of the natural tooth. Dental crowns also fulfill the functionality of a natural tooth and people are able to eat anything with a dental crown just like they used to with a natural tooth.
Dental crowns are applied by cosmetic dentists like Dr. Peter Engelsberg of Midtown Dental Center in Sarasota Florida to protect weak teeth from breaking away and to hold together the parts of an already cracked tooth. A tooth could be weak due to dental cavities, or it can be a broken tooth or a tooth that has been worn, in all situations, a dental crown covers and supports the tooth and also restores the appearance of the tooth.
Dental crowns are made from different materials. Dr. Peter Engelsberg, your Sarasota cosmetic dentist, explains the various types of dental crowns and the benefits of each one:
Metal. Dental crowns made of metal include those made of gold alloy, other alloy or even base-metal alloy. Metal crowns are the most durable among all types of dental crowns but most people do not like the metallic color and appearance of metal crowns. This is the reason many people prefer to use metal crowns for pre-molars and molars.
Porcelain fused to metal. This is the type of dental crown in which a metal shell is present beneath the porcelain. Porcelain fused to metal crown is of the natural color of a tooth and this is why people are more comfortable with it. It is also very durable as compared to all-porcelain crown.
All-porcelain. Some people suffer from metal allergies and all-porcelain crown is the best option for such people. It is made exactly of the color of a natural tooth and people would not be even able to realize that you have a dental crown fitted on your teeth. However, all-porcelain crowns are not as strong as metal or porcelain fused to metal crowns. Most people prefer to use all-porcelain crowns on their front teeth due to its aesthetics.
Resin. Resin crowns are less expensive as compared to other types of dental crowns but they are not very durable or strong and these crowns tend to wear down over time.
At Midtown Dental Center, your Sarasota Florida cosmetic dentist allows you to choose the type of dental crown according to your preferences and budget. Get in touch with Dr. Peter Engelsberg to discuss options for your dental crowns.