When is a dental crown necessary? Generally, when a tooth has been fractured or decayed extensively, a crown is the best restoration. A severe fracture compromises the integrity of your tooth, making it weak and susceptible to breaking. A crown will reinforce the tooth to regain its physical strength and appearance. However, if your tooth has a large cavity, the removal of the decay will leave the tooth the fragile. With a dental crown restoration from your Mansfield dentists affected tooth will become strong once again.
Types of Crowns
Typically, crowns come in four varieties: metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, and all-porcelain. Any of them will restore a fractured or decayed tooth. Some are meant for molars, which endure intense pressure, while others are better suited for front teeth, which incur less stress, but are an essential part of your image.
- Metal. Usually made from gold, nickel, or chromium alloys, metal crowns provide the greatest durability, but they stand out against surrounding white teeth. Metal crowns are still used on back teeth in some situations. Few American dentists place metal on front teeth that show in a smile.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal. A PFM crown has a little of both: strength and beauty. The inner layer of a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is metal, and the outer portion is covered in porcelain veneer. PFMs are often used on teeth in the middle or back of the mouth.
- Zirconia. Just like zirconia jewels, zirconia crowns are made to reflect light. They look much like natural teeth, yet have amazing durability. For patients who want no metal in their mouths, zirconia crowns offer an attractive option for molars.
- All-porcelain. Made from dental ceramic (or porcelain), these crowns are strong enough to place on the front teeth, which are used for biting. They contain no metal and look extremely natural. All-porcelain crowns are the restoration of choice for most cosmetic dentists.
Visit Mansfield Dental Associates for Crown Placement
If you’re concerned with both function and appearance for your dental restorations, visit your 76063 dentist today. Together, you can choose the crown that suits you best. To schedule an appointment, call our Mansfield dentist office at (817) 259-1357. You may schedule appointments through our website, where you can also review our other dental services. We proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.