The anatomy of a tooth can be divided into two basic parts – the root and the crown. In a person with healthy gums and bone, the root of the tooth is covered by the gums and bone. The part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth, above the gum line on lower teeth and below the gum line on upper teeth, is called the clinical crown is referred to as a dental crown or cap.
This is the design of the tooth after it has been shaved down to allow room for a dental crown. The preparation design depends on the material that the crown will be made from, previous fillings, fractures, and root canals therapy performed on the tooth while trying to maintain enough tooth structure for the crown to adhere to.
Different Types of Dental Crowns
Crowns can be made out of a gold alloy, some other metal alloy, stainless steel, all-porcelain/all-ceramic, composite resin, zirconia on the inside. There are advantages and disadvantages to all of the types of dental crowns. Stainless steel crowns are preformed crowns used to cover baby teeth for children. The primary advantage of porcelain crowns is their esthetics, while newer types of ceramic crowns have become increasingly more durable.
How We Do It
We usually offer Zirconia crowns (one solid piece vs. fused materials) as Zirconia is milled and then shaded correctly by a ceramist, hence it is very strong. For front teeth, we would sometimes go with EMAX crowns, as it is more translucent which gives a more natural/cosmetic look for your front teeth. Although we don’t do gold crowns, we sometimes do porcelain fused metal crowns if necessary.
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