Dental crowns offer a large advantage over other alternatives for tooth restoration—the way they are constructed benefits the patient more. Instead of crowns having a “one size fits all” fit, they are customized to each individual tooth for each patient. When a patient visits their Tampa dentist, the dentist will have a mold created for their patient’s teeth. This mold is then sent to a dental laboratory, where they sculpt the dental crown based on the patient’s bite and jaw movements. This produces the ideal shape for the patient’s tooth, and once in place, will allow the patient to have the most comfort.
Types of Dental Crowns
When a patient visits North Pointe Dental Associates, Dr. Pross, Kanter, and Tindell take the time to create an individualized treatment plan. They examine the available restorative space on the tooth and take into account the patient’s personal preferences to determine the material used for the dental crown. Dental crowns can be made of all porcelain, all gold, or porcelain-fused-to-metal types. All porcelain crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing of the three crowns, and are most commonly used to restore front teeth. All gold crowns are long lasting, kind to other teeth, and are very easy for dentists to work with. Gold crowns are the strongest, and therefore are best for back teeth that are primarily used for biting and chewing. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be used on front or back teeth because of their strength. They are also natural looking due to the porcelain being the outer layer of the crown. Dr. Pross, Kanter, and Tindell explain the advantages and disadvantages of each material, and then make a recommendation after the discussion with their patient.