- Dental crowns, also known as caps, are tooth-shaped coverings placed over damaged teeth to restore their function and appearance. At Moyneur & Perisho Family Dentistry, they are often made of porcelain or ceramic material but can also be made of metals like gold, silver, or metal alloys. The crowns are cemented into place over the visible portion of the tooth, making them a permanent restoration option.
There are a variety of reasons why our dentist in Sacramento, CA, may recommend a crown. For example, if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken, you may need a crown to restore the tooth’s strength and protect it from further damage. A crown can also be used to cover a tooth that is discolored or misshapen.
Types of Dental Crowns
Full Porcelain Crown
A full porcelain crown covers the entire tooth and is used when there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure to support a filling. It’s also used when a tooth is severely damaged by decay or trauma. This type of crown can match the color of your natural teeth.
These are the most vital types of crowns available. They are made of gold or other metals such as platinum or base-metal alloys. They can withstand biting and chewing forces well but aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as different types of crowns.
Porcelain-fused to Metal Crowns
These crowns are a combination of porcelain and metal. The metal strengthens the tooth, while the porcelain mimics the appearance of a natural tooth.
Gold Alloy Crowns
Gold alloy crowns are gold mixed with other metals like copper and silver. They are very durable but less aesthetically pleasing than different types of crowns.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Restoration of Tooth Structure
Dental crowns in Sacramento, CA, are custom-made restorations that cover the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth. They effectively restore the tooth's shape, size, and strength while enhancing its appearance. Crowns benefit teeth with significant decay, fractures, or extensive fillings.
Improved Strength and Durability
Dental crowns are fabricated from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, and composite resin. These materials are known for their strength and durability, ensuring that the restored tooth can withstand the forces of chewing and biting.
Modern dental crowns are designed to mimic the natural appearance of teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth, creating a seamless blend virtually indistinguishable from your natural smile. This aesthetic advantage allows you to smile confidently, knowing your restoration is discreet and lifelike.
Dental crowns play a pivotal role in modern dentistry, from restoring damaged teeth to improving appearance and functionality. Visit Moyneur & Perisho Family Dentistry at 7210 Greenhaven Dr Ste D, Sacramento, CA 95831, or call (916) 421-4686 to explore whether dental crowns are the right solution for you.