An important aspect of dentistry is tooth repair. In the last half a century, we have seen a great many improvements in restorative dental care. An area of restorative dentistry in which our patients have options is dental crowns. Crowns are used to repair teeth that have sustained extensive damage, protecting remaining tooth structure from the potential damage of excessive stress.
For the sake of longevity, it is important to fabricate dental crowns from the highest quality materials. Not only do we want to create durable crowns, but crowns that will maintain a precision fit when bonded to the tooth. Asheville Smile Center considers several types of materials for dental crowns, making recommendations to suit the patient's needs.
One of the first materials used in dental restorations was gold. High noble gold remains an ideal choice for dental crowns due to its beneficial tendencies. Gold is one of the few metals that is biocompatible with natural oral tissues. The pliability of gold during the fabrication process is also advantageous, leading to the best possible fit. Many people assume that gold crowns have a specific, noticeable aesthetic. When used to repair teeth in the back of the mouth, gold blends in nicely with natural teeth.
Metal alloy crowns
As an affordable alternative to gold crowns, those made of metal alloy were developed. Metal alloy crowns have been widely used for many decades, and have been improved upon to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Today, metal based crowns can be topped with a coating of beautiful porcelain, making the restored tooth look very natural. The problem with metal-based crowns is that they will develop a dark line near the gums. Though a popular option, metal crowns do not have the longevity of gold crowns, lasting 10 to 15 years as opposed to decades.
There are many instances in which metal crowns are not the best option. When a front tooth needs repair, a ceramic crown is the best option. High quality ceramic looks so natural that the repaired tooth will fit seamlessly with surrounding teeth, but will maintain excellent strength for biting.
CEREC is the latest technology in restorative dentistry. Using CEREC, we are able to complete the entire crown process in a single visit using state-of-the-art software and precision equipment to fabricate gorgeous ceramic crowns right in our office.
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