When you need one or more dental crown to correct or repair one or more teeth, you will want to know the different types of crowns available. Crowns are created from various materials and are categorized as: all porcelain; porcelain; and all metal. Each category has a unique purpose and is designed for the different areas where you will need a crown. There is a dental crown that will help to restore any tooth in your mouth.
If you’re wondering if you can have too many crowns, the answer is there is no limit on the amount of dental crowns that one person can have. Of course, always talk to your dentist about what’s best for your individual dental health.
Dental crowns are also called dental caps and dental jackets. Regardless of the term, crowns are effective in restoring and protecting your natural teeth, implants and bridges. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) website blog, a crown is the best way to restore a tooth to its normal form and size.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are beneficial to help strengthen, protect and restore your teeth that are:
- naturally dark or stained
Categories of Dental Crowns
These crowns are made from ceramic and best suited for your front teeth. The color and luster of these crowns present a smooth, natural look and will give you a beautiful, confident smile. While being durable, ceramic crowns are not as strong as those crowns with a mixture of metals and may chip or facture, like natural tooth surfaces, if used against hard surfaces.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM):
These crowns are made with porcelain top surfaces and metal sub surfaces. The crowns are very strong, protect against wear and tear, and can last for many years. PFM crowns are used for your teeth that have two surfaces, generally those teeth behind the canine, or eye teeth. The porcelain coverings of PFM crowns present a natural appearance.
These crowns are made from a variety of metals that include gold, copper and an array of base metals. All metal crowns are the strongest for durability and are used primarily on those teeth that are rarely seen when you are talking or smiling as they do not have the appearance of natural teeth. The metals are well tolerated in the mouth; but, if you are allergic to any metal, you will need to discuss the most appropriate material for your individual situation.
Have more questions about Crowns?
If you have more questions about dental crowns or the number of crowns you can/should have, feel free to contact our office at Schope Dental in Colorado Springs. We’re happy to answer all your questions.