Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are commonly used to improve dental comfort, appearance and alignments. They are unlike dentures, which are removable. Crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Both of these use the same materials, such as porcelain or ceramic, which are the most popular because they can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth. Gold, metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic can also be used.
Crowns are used to cover a damaged tooth, kind of like a cap, also to improve appearance, shape or alignment. When doing a crown they first start with a temporary which are made from acrylic but are only in place until the actual crown is received from the lab.
The five types of crowns are the temporary, stainless steel and are used on baby teeth, metal crowns which can withstand biting and chewing longer, porcelain-fused-to-metal have an inner metal cast with porcelain baked over it, and the all ceramic/porcelain crown provide optimum aesthetic results.
Benefits of Dental Crowns:
- Replace a filling
- Protect weak teeth
- Cover unattractive teeth
- Restore a tooth with root canal
- Cover a dental implant