What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Every dental crown serves essentially the same purpose-to cover, or cap, a damaged tooth to restore the tooth’s beauty and function. However, there are many different kinds of dental crowns that vary in function, appearance, and cost. Determining which crown is right for you depends on your specific preferences, dental needs, and the recommendations of your Bell Gardens dentists.
Did you know you have options for your Dental Crown?
Dental porcelain, or ceramic, is one of the most popular modern dental materials, lauded for its ability to closely mimic the look of your natural teeth. The semi-translucent material is tinted to match your tooth’s color, and layered to emulate the way tooth enamel reflects light.
Zirconia, made from zirconium oxide, may offer the most realistic restoration compared to your natural teeth. If you have a metal allergy and can’t receive a metal or PFM crown, then Dr. Hakimzadeh may recommend zirconia for optimal results.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns
PFM crowns combine the aesthetic appeal of porcelain with the strength and durability of metal. Since some PFM crowns may still exhibit a somewhat apparent base, Dr. Hakimzadeh usually prescribes them for back teeth. Nevertheless, patients with front teeth that require additional support can benefit from PFM over full metal crowns. (Note: if you have a metal allergy, then we won’t place metal or PFM crowns, but rather recommend an equally resilient option, such as zirconia)
What to expect?
This procedure requires two to three visits spaced out over two to four weeks and Dental crowns last six to 15 years.