Tooth Preservation with Porcelain Dental Crowns
When some form of harm or damage has been incurred on teeth due to cavities, tooth decay or fractures, one of the best ways to protect and conserve the tooth’s function is to employ the use of a dentist crown more commonly referred to as caps. This procedure offered by Dr. Maxine Moncrieffe and her team at Making Orlando Smile – Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry involves the making of a cap with a chosen material which will then cover the damage tooth. Before opting to acquire full cover crowns for teeth , it is important that the alternate procedures be studied and looked into. The following are alternate options to dentistry crowns:
- Dental Crowns
In order to have a teeth crown that fits perfectly over the damaged tooth, the first step for dental crowns is for the dentist to make a mold of the tooth which will then be given to a laboratory. While waiting for the final crown to be completed, a temporary product is affixed to the tooth in the meantime. Upon the second visit to the dentist, the final crown will be placed and reinforced on the tooth using some form of adhesive.
With developments being studied and improved, there are computer-aided design and manufacturing which creates a three dimensional image of the tooth for a crown with a perfect fit. The tooth crowns is created through the forming and molding of pieces of ceramic. Should your dentist have this kind of technology on hand, there will be no need for you to have a second visit.
- Dental Implants/Crown and Fixed Partial Dentures
When a patient is missing a tooth, a crown is attached to a model of the missing tooth which is then placed in the mouth to make it seem as if all teeth are there. There is a conservatory which is attached to the crown and these are called fixed partial dentures. Fixed partial dentures, or dental bridges as they are now more commonly known, are the more visually pleasing and capable way of correcting missing teeth. However, they have become the second choice for more contemporary dentists who favor teeth implants.
Dental implants are a model of the missing tooth which is then affixed with a root that has been formed out of titanium. A crown is then fitted onto the gums for some extra support and a comfortable bite.
Ceramic, Porcelain, and Gold Crowns
For restorative filling procedures there are a few different filling materials that are available and it isn’t any different for crowns. The choice of medium used for the crown varies from person to person in accordance to the specifications of the dentists need the crown to meet. Some of the things that will be a factor in the patient’s choice of material would be the necessary strength and the length of time that it will last. Some of the most popular materials for crowns are ceramic, porcelain and gold.
Metal Crowns Fused with Porcelain
Adequate space for the crown material picked and the skill of the maker is what determines a successful crown from an unsuccessful one. The great thing about crowns that are made with porcelain fused to metal is that the end product is durable and flexible. The only con to these specific crowns is the possibility that with the ebbing of gums, the gold or metal lining beneath becomes more visible. In the long run, most patients opt to switch out their old porcelain and metal fused crowns for more aesthetically pleasing crowns. The suitable solution for this problem is to choose a crown that is porcelain and metal fused with collar that is completely porcelain.
When it comes to picking the materials for crowns, it seems that the preference is towards aluminum based materials or zirconia which contain no metal whatsoever. Due to the fact that these crowns have no need for the heavy metal core which is meant for support, the size of the crown can be decreased and can thus be said to be the most suitable option for restoration of small and cramped spaces. The lack of metal also has the added bonus of making the crown more natural in its visual presentation.
Although there is an obvious aesthetic disadvantage in using gold as the material for a crown, it’s strength and longevity make up for it. This material is the best option for patients who find that they have a rougher bite or a habit of teeth grinding. If the color may be unappealing for the patient, there is always the option of simply using the gold for the non-visible teeth such as the molars. The positive side to picking gold as the material for crowns is that there is a smaller amount of work that needs to be done to prep the teeth and because of the great durability, it lasts for quite a while.