Cosmetic Dental Crowns | You might think of a dental crown as a type of artificial “cap” that is placed over a tooth that is damaged or discolored. Dental crowns are most frequently used for the complete replacement of a tooth, such as in the case of a dental implant, or to otherwise enhance the look of teeth.
Some common reasons why you may need Cosmetic Dental Crowns
- To strengthen a tooth that has undergone a root canal
- As part of a dental implant
- To repair a tooth that is worn down or broken
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns
PFM crowns are the most common type of dental crowns placed by dentists. They can be shaded to match the color of your other teeth. PFM crowns are known for having a nice appearance and being strong and durable, as well as being reasonably priced.
If you receive a PFM crown, it will probably be for your back teeth. This is because this type of crown has a metal core capable of withstanding the intense pressures generated by back teeth whenever you bite or chew. If your gums should ever recede near the area of this type of crown, however, the metal base may become visible, which is another reason why they are typically used on the rear teeth.
Full Porcelain or Ceramic
If you’re looking for the best crown for displaying a nice cosmetic appearance, you can’t go wrong with full porcelain or full ceramic. This type is most often used for the more visible front teeth. One drawback is that full porcelain or ceramic is not as strong as PFM crowns. They are also typically cost more.
When you want an extremely strong crown, zirconia definitely fits the bill. This type of crown also has nice aesthetics and is the most expensive. Zirconia is virtually indestructible, and suitable for both front and rear teeth.
How are Cosmetic Dental Crowns made and fitted?
Your dentist would begin by examining your tooth and taking x-rays to look for signs of cavities and to get an idea of the structure of the tooth root. They would then file down your tooth and reshape it after administering local anesthesia in most cases.
Some dentists have the ability to create Cosmetic Dental Crowns at their dental practice, while others take impressions of the tooth and send it away to a dental lab for the manufacture of the crown.
Once your crown is ready, your dentist will examine it to ensure that it has the right color and would make a good fit. If everything is in order, your dentist will then cement the crown permanently into place.
How long will my Cosmetic Dental Crowns last?
Cosmetic Dental Crowns normally last for around 10 to 15 years, although it’s not unheard of to have them last for the rest of a patient’s life. The longest lasting type is zirconia.
If a crown becomes chipped or broken, it will need to be replaced. In reality, most dental crowns fail due to other problems, including tooth decay from underneath the crown, or gum disease.