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Porcelain Crowns


Rendering of jaw with dental crownA crown is a tooth-shaped cap that protects your natural tooth and restores its shape, function, and strength. At Simi Hills Dental, we offer you high-quality dental crowns made from a variety of different materials. To find out which material fits you the best, consult Dr. Stout.

Reasons for Getting a Dental Crown


Crowns are fitted for several reasons. The most common reasons are when a tooth becomes severely decayed or seriously damaged due to facial trauma. In these cases, dental fillings are usually not enough to restore the damage and make the tooth stable and strong enough. Most often, such teeth undergo a root canal treatment and are then topped with a crown.

If you wear traditional bridges, crowns are used to hold the pontics or artificial teeth in place. They are also used to cover the top of a dental implant.

Types of Dental Crown


Several different types of material are used to create dental crowns:
•  Gold/Gold Alloy: Gold has been used in restoring teeth for over four millennia. These days, gold is often mixed with other base metals like nickel, palladium, and chromium, which reduces its cost and increases its strength. Gold is considered the strongest material for dental restoration. As a result, it rarely breaks or chips and is known to last for over 40 years. It can also be easily molded to the desired shape and requires only a minimal amount of enamel removal. However, because of its metallic color, it is usually only placed at the back of the mouth.
•  Porcelain: Porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking of all crowns. However, the material is not as strong as metal-based crowns. Because of its light-reflecting properties and enamel-like color, porcelain is most often used for restoring incisors and canines. These crowns typically last for 15 years, although some crowns have been known to last decades.
•  Porcelain Bonded to Metal: These crowns are made from porcelain bonded to a metal, like gold. These crowns are stronger than all-porcelain crowns but have a few weak spots where they can chip off. They can also wear the tooth opposite them. These crowns are quite natural-looking, which is why they are preferred for both the front and back teeth. However, the metal underneath them can sometimes show through as a dark line, which can mar the aesthetics of your smile if the crown is placed on a front tooth.
•  All-Resin: All-resin crowns are tooth-colored and natural-looking, though they do not reflect light as much as porcelain does. All-resin crowns are also prone to breakage and cracks and typically last for only ten years. They are the least expensive type of crowns.
•  Stainless Steel Crowns: Stainless steel crowns are recommended for children who have primary teeth. These crowns are placed atop severely decayed back teeth to prevent them from being damaged or decayed further. When the baby tooth falls off, the crown falls off with it.

Although crowns are designed to last decades, they can sometimes fall off when the resinous cementum binding them to the tooth chips off or the tooth becomes infected. To make sure your crown stays in place for a long time, you need to exercise good dietary habits and practice good oral hygiene. To schedule a dental checkup or a dental treatment, call us at (805) 317-4999 today.
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