Restoring Strength to Your Tooth
The top part of a tooth is called a crown, and a dental crown is designed to mimic the tooth that it restores. Like wearing a hat, crowns are placed over teeth that are damaged, infected, weakened, or show severe cosmetic blemishes. Crowns are custom designed from either metal, porcelain, zirconia, or a mixture of porcelain fused to metal.
Metal crowns may be crafted from several different metals, such as gold or stainless steel. Stainless steel crowns, for example, are often used as temporary restorations to protect a prepared tooth while the permanent crown is crafted. Steel crowns are also frequently used for children’s primary teeth that have undergone a pulpotomy (i.e., baby root canal therapy).
Porcelain dental crowns, like porcelain veneers, offer highly-realistic results by mimicking the color and light-reflecting properties of healthy teeth. The crowns are also durable enough to withstand common bite pressure, and can last for more than 10 years with proper care and maintenance.
PFM crowns consist of a strong metal base topped with lifelike dental porcelain. PFM crowns can provide a discreet solution for teeth that require the strength of a metal crown, such as pre-molars and molars that are exposed to the most bite pressure.
Zirconia is similar to porcelain in appearance but is significantly more resilient. Unlike PFM crowns, zirconia can withstand intense bite pressure without the hint of metal underneath the crown.
Schedule Your Dental Crowns with Us
Our custom-designed dental crowns are made to help restore strength and function to a damaged tooth. To schedule an appointment, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We proudly serve patients from around the DFW area, including Garland, Mesquite, Oak Cliff, and all surrounding communities.