Types of Dental Crowns: Understanding Your Options
Dental crowns are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. This type of restoration covers a damaged tooth and restores it to its original size and shape. In addition to protecting weak teeth, dental crowns prevent chipped and cracked teeth from further damage. In Chicago, IL, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger offers various types of crowns that offer functionality and durability for our patients. He can design a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and preferences.
The Different Types of Dental Crowns
Because of their many uses, it is beneficial to understand the various types of dental crowns. Understanding the differences between each type of crown helps with deciding upon the best crown for you. The different types of dental crowns available at our practice include:
- Ceramic dental crowns: Often used to restore the front teeth, all-ceramic dental crowns are aesthetically pleasing. Because of their natural tooth color and texture, they can blend flawlessly with the remaining natural teeth.
- Base metal alloys dental crowns: These restorations are comprised of metals that are resistant to corrosion, therefore ensuring durability and sustainability. This type of crown does not require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM): This type of dental crown offers a sturdier bond compared to an all-porcelain restoration because it is connected to a metal framework. As a result, patients can enjoy the strength of metal, but the aesthetics of porcelain.
- Gold alloy crowns: This crown is manufactured with a combination of metals, such as gold, copper, and other materials. This type of crown is durable and fracture-resistant. Gold alloy crowns are also biocompatible with gum tissue.
Thanks to technological advances in dentistry, there are several types of crowns that can correct an array of dental imperfections.
Exploring the Benefits and Downsides of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer sustainability to patients, and feature many benefits. For instance, these restorations can:
- Strengthen teeth
- Protect against breakage of weak and fragile teeth
- Restore teeth after root canal therapy
- Cover tooth discolorations
- Restore a dental implant
- Hold severely cracked or chipped teeth together
While dental crowns offer an array of benefits, there are some drawbacks to dental crowns. Some of the disadvantages include:
- Potential fracture of the porcelain
- Possible sensitivity or discomfort
- Gum recession from crown margin
- Possible black line at the gum line, especially if you have a PFM crown
- Removal of a significant amount of tooth structure
- Higher cost compared to dental fillings
- Rare possibility of an allergic reaction
Choosing the Right Dental Crown Option for You
The best way to determine which type of dental crown is right for you is to schedule a visit with Dr. Hessberger. During your consultation, he will assess your oral health and talk with you in detail about your personal cosmetic and restorative goals. Our goal is to deliver a fully tailored treatment plan that fits your unique needs and budget.
Contact Dr. Hessberger Today
If you are ready to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile, schedule an appointment at our Chicago practice. You can contact us online or call our office at (773) 792-5562.