Custom Dental Crowns
A dental crown is named after the top part of a tooth (also called a crown), and is designed to resemble the tooth that it restores. Dental crowns are placed over teeth that have been weakened, damaged, treated for infection, or that exhibit severe cosmetic blemishes. Depending on your specific needs, your crown may be crafted from metal, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of porcelain fused to metal (PFM).
What Dental Crowns Are Made Of
Metal crowns may be crafted from a number of different metals, such as gold or stainless steel. For instance, stainless steel crowns are typically 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 (aka, baby root canal therapy).
Porcelain dental crowns, like porcelain dental veneers, offer highly-realistic results by mimicking the color and light-reflecting properties of your 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.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (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 porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, zirconia can withstand intense bite pressure without the hint of metal underneath the crown.
Find the Right Crown for You
The right dental crown can restore your toooth and make your smile whole again. To learn more, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We proudly serve patients from around the DFW area, including Dallas, Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.