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|Types of Crowns
What are Crowns For?
Crowns are used to cover and strengthen damaged teeth. They also improve the tooth’s appearance, alignment, and shape. We also place crowns on top of dental implants and bridges for a more natural shape and function. Once it is placed, only a dentist can take it out.
To make crowns, we first take an impression of the tooth or teeth they are meant to cover. However, first Dr. Feldman will reduce the size of the tooth so that the crown will fit properly. He may also insert a temporary crown while the permanent one is under construction.
When are Crowns Used?
We might prescribe a crown if:
How many Types of Dental Crowns are there?
Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA uses four kinds of dental crowns.
What are the Differences between these Types of Crowns?
One of the main differences between the all-porcelain crown and other crowns is the sealing ability of the former depends on what filling materials are used and the quality of the underlying tooth, while the other three crowns have adequate seals to prevent leakage.
Gold and metal alloy crowns are the most durable, while all-porcelain crowns are not as strong and are more susceptible to pressure (such as tooth grinding). However, crowns made of porcelain fused to metal are more durable. Both types of porcelain-based crowns effectively resist wear, but if the adjacent surface becomes rough, they can damage the surrounding teeth. Gold and metal alloy crowns, however, resist wear and are also easy on the surrounding teeth.
Crowns can loosen or even fall out, but they can last for decades if you maintain them properly. To do this, practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice daily and come in for check-ups once every two months. Avoid grinding your teeth or chewing on hard foods or objects such as ice, as this will damage the crowns.
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