If you have experienced excessive tooth decay or trauma to a tooth in your mouth, you might need a root canal. This procedure eliminates the decay and dead material beneath your gums and replaces it with material that will fill the area, allowing you to keep your tooth’s natural roots. Once that occurs, the enamel of your tooth needs to be strengthened in order to keep up the ability to chew, talk, and smile with ease. This is done with a dental crown. There are a variety of crowns available, each of which serve their own purpose and provide their own aesthetic appeal.
Posterior teeth – Generally, the teeth in the back of your mouth need the greatest strength and the aesthetic appeal is not a big issue. This is where metal crowns are reserved for as they provide the greatest durability and serve as the best replacement for a natural tooth without the worry about how they look.
Molars and incisors – The other teeth in your mouth, aside from the posterior teeth will need a dental crown that is durable, yet attractive. The most common option is the porcelain fused to metal crown. This appliance gives patients the durability of the metal crown with the attractiveness of the porcelain crown. The porcelain is the exterior of the crown and is what anyone would see when you talk, chew, or smile.
Front teeth – The final option when it comes to choosing a dental crown is the porcelain crown. This option is strictly reserved for front teeth as it is not nearly as durable as the metal or porcelain fused to metal crown. This option is aesthetically pleasing as it is made to mimic the look of your surrounding teeth, yet cannot be used for heavy or excessive chewing.
When placed and used appropriately, dental crowns can last for many years to come. You must make sure to practice proper oral hygiene to prevent an infection from starting below the crown or from further decay occurring. In addition, choosing the right type of crown will ensure that it does not crack or fracture while you are chewing, requiring you to obtain a subsequent crown or an artificial tooth altogether.