Types of Crowns

Advances in dental techniques have made it possible to have a beautiful, healthy smile throughout your life. At the Austin Dental Center, we are committed to helping you preserve the strength, functionality, and appearance of your teeth. Porcelain crowns help us do this.
Unfortunately, teeth break. Accidents or trauma can cause anything from small chips to large, jagged breaks in our teeth. It is also possible for cavities to be so large that traditional fillings are not sufficient to repair the tooth. For these reasons, crowns are often used to restore teeth so they are able to work properly. Think of a crown as a splint for the tooth. The entire visible portion of the tooth is covered by the crown and cemented into place. This restores the tooths appearance, strength, and returns it to its natural shape and size.
Crowns are a common restorative choice because they can cover broken teeth, misshapen teeth, or those with extensive cavities where there isnt enough tooth for a proper filling to be placed. They can also cover a dental implant. There are various types of crowns; which type is right for you and your needs?

Metal Crowns:

Crowns have traditionally been made of metal typically containing gold and other metals to give the proper working properties to withstand the function they receive in the mouth. Metal crowns have a host of benefits for the patient:
To properly place metal crowns, less original tooth material needs to be removed.
Opposing teeth experience minimal wear as a result of the crown.
Metal crowns are very strong and durable. They are able to withstand the forces of biting and chewing without breaking.
They wont break or chip.
Metal crowns are an excellent choice for back teeth that bear the brunt of our chewing and have to work harder. But what if your broken or damaged tooth is in an area of your mouth that is visible when you talk or smile?

Porcelain Crowns:

Porcelain crowns present an excellent alternative, and one that keeps your smile looking and feeling natural. They are especially well suited for front teeth. These are the most esthetic types of crowns
Porcelain crowns, made of dental ceramic materials, are tooth-colored and have a translucence that mimics that natural enamel of your teeth. We carefully match the shade and size of the crown to fit in naturally with the rest of your teeth. There are also dental crowns that are made of porcelain fused to metal. There is a metal framework on the inside and is covered with tooth colored porcelain for a natural look. This offers the advantages of porcelain and metal. This type of crown has traditionally been thought of as stronger and more durable than all-porcelain varieties and are more esthetic than all-metal crowns as well. They do not have the same translucence of your natural teeth or all ceramic crowns but they can withstand more vigorous chewing and biting than all ceramic crowns.
The type of crown that is right for you depends on the location of the damaged tooth and what type of function it will serve. If the tooth is in the front, all-porcelain crowns will work beautifully to restore your bright, healthy smile. If it is a back tooth all three types can be considered. Our skilled staff can help you determine which crown is right for you and will provide the best results.