Dental crowns have helped generations of patients to enjoy renewed dental function and enhanced smile aesthetics. These restorations can play an important role in preserving and strengthening weakened teeth. Here at Family Dental Practice of Newington, we are proud to offer this remarkable treatment to patients in our community. On this page, you will learn more about what crowns are, how to tell if you need one, and the different types of crowns available.
A dental crown is a custom-made restoration that fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth — that is to say, everything above the gum line. The main purpose of crowns is to protect a weakened or damaged tooth from further harm. You may need one if:
Crowns can be constructed out of various materials, including:
Ceramic crowns, sometimes called porcelain crowns, are popular because they so closely resemble natural tooth enamel. They can even be shade-matched to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding dentition. We typically recommend this type of restoration for patients who require a crown on a tooth that is easily visible when they smile.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns have a metal base that is entirely covered by porcelain. These crowns look like natural tooth enamel, although in some cases, it is possible to discern the metal beneath the crown, particularly when you look at the gum line. PFM crowns are very durable and can work well on virtually any tooth.
Gold crowns are extremely fracture-resistant, which makes them ideal for back teeth. They are also gentle on nearby teeth, and they are thin enough that they usually require minimal preparation of the tooth that supports them. Their biggest disadvantage is that they look nothing like natural enamel.
Some significant benefits of dental crowns include:
Do you believe you need a dental crown, or are you interested in learning more about this service? Contact Family Dental of Newington today to chat with our team of oral health experts.