Have you ever wondered what happens to teeth that experience the continual wear and tear of teeth grinding or prolonged exposure to bacteria-ridden plaque? They weaken, becoming more and more prone to structural damage, infection, and further decay. Structural damage can manifest in several ways including chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and broken teeth, each of which presents cosmetic and restorative problems. Thankfully, dental crowns exist to repair damage, improve appearance, and strengthen teeth. But did you know that there are three types of dental crowns?
Three Kinds of Dental Crowns
The three types of dental crowns are all-porcelain crowns, all-metal crowns, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. Of these three, the clear leader in cosmetic results is the all-porcelain crown. This type of crown is custom made to mimic the appearance of nearby teeth to ensure a cohesive smile. The material also has a similar translucency to natural teeth, making an all-porcelain crown very difficult to distinguish from a natural tooth even under direct light. However, all-porcelain crowns are not as strong as all-metal and PFM crowns. They are, therefore, used most often in the front of the mouth, where the forces of biting and chewing are not as great.
For restorations in the back of the mouth, PFM crowns and all-metal crowns are a better choice because of their strength. PFM crowns, however, offer far better cosmetic results than all-metal crowns, making all-metal crowns a less frequent choice for restorations. Offering a ceramic coating, PFM crowns are customized in appearance just like all-porcelain crowns. However, the metal under layer does not allow light to pass through as easily, making them a better choice for teeth in the back of the mouth.
Dental Crowns in Las Vegas
If bruxism or tooth decay has weakened your teeth, they may require strengthening with a dental crown. Schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Staten today by calling 702-736-7979.