Rebuild Teeth with Lifelike Tooth Crowns
A dental crown, or tooth crown, is a manmade replica of a tooth. If you have a tooth that is cracked or fractured, chipped, broken, or has undergone extensive restoration, like root canal treatment, then a crown can be placed over it to restore the tooth’s strength. Depending on its location and your own personal preference, your crown may be crafted from metal, porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), or zirconia.
Types of Dental Crowns
Usually reserved for posterior teeth, such as molars and pre-molars, metal crowns are the toughest, and can protect your teeth from intense bite pressure. In many cases, metal is also the most affordable material for crafting dental crowns.
Dental porcelain is crafted to look remarkably like healthy, natural tooth structure. The material matches the color and shade of your teeth, and is semi-translucent (like tooth enamel) to reflect light to the same degree.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns consist of a metal alloy substructure that is coated with lifelike dental porcelain. PFM crowns may be prescribed for the molars of patients who require the strength of a metal crown but prefer the discretion porcelain.
Zirconia dental crowns are even more lifelike in appearance than porcelain crowns, and are as strong as metal and PFM crowns. Made from a crystallized substance, zirconia crowns are indistinguishable from the natural teeth around it.