The Fourth of July will be here in a few days. This year marks the 240th anniversary of the birth of our nation.
We hope you and your family were able to celebrate together. Cookouts and fireworks are great, but nothing is better than spending a day with family and friends. That’s a reason to smile, whether it’s a holiday or not.
We are grateful to live in a country where we can work in a field where we can help so many people, and one of the ways we do that at Holladay Dental Care is with our dental crowns.
Today, we will be discussing the different kinds of dental crowns that we offer. Whether you live close to our dentist office in Holladay, UT, in Salt Lake City, or anywhere in between, we will be happy to help if you or someone you should ever need a dental crown.
Types Of Crowns
Dental crowns are a key feature in restorative dentistry. They give us a great way to repair teeth that have been damaged or teeth that need to be replaced.
Crowns serve a protective role since they cover the remaining healthy parts of a tooth, and they have a functional purpose so you can continue to bite and chew with that tooth.
We offer the choice of four kinds of dental crowns in our office:
E.max — This is a glass-ceramic material. One of its key features is how closely it matches the appearance of natural teeth. It’s also resistant to wear, so it will retain that natural appearance for several years.
Zirconium with porcelain — Like the e.max crowns, these are visually similar to natural teeth. The materials used in this crown makes it strong and durable.
PMF — These are crowns are porcelain fused to metal. The porcelain top give this tooth replacement a natural appearance. The metal based makes it one of the strongest dental crowns available. If you have a metal allergy, this may not be a good option for you.
Gold — If you main concerns are functionality and durability, this may be the dental crown for you. This will be noticeable when placed next to natural teeth, but it’s also considered less likely to cause wear on opposing teeth.
If you should ever need a dental crown, we can go into greater detail about the advantages and disadvantages of each type. At this time, most patients prefer natural-looking crowns since they help to preserve the appearance of a full set of teeth.
Uses For Dental Crowns
In addition to being available in a variety of materials, dental crowns also can be used to fix a variety of problems.
Here are some common reasons we bond dental crowns onto our patients’ teeth:
▸ Tooth Decay — It may be possible to fix a cavity with a dental filling. However, dental crowns are often a better option for larger cavities.
▸ Replacing Dental Fillings — The thing about dental fillings is that they don’t last forever. If a tooth continues to be worn down by replacement fillings, you may want to get a dental crown instead.
▸ Broken Teeth — Teeth break and become chipped all the time. It can happen anytime and anyplace. With a dental crown, you can repair your tooth and keep smiling like nothing is different.
▸ Discolored Teeth — If you have a single tooth that has become discolored, it can become a distraction and make you self-conscious about smiling. A dental crown can restore the natural color of your tooth so it blends in with your smile.
▸ Root Canal Seal — After removing the infected parts of a tooth and filling it in, we often used dental crowns to seal the tooth as the final step in the procedure.
▸ Missing Teeth — This is a little different than the previous uses for a dental crown. In this case, you would first have a dental implant placed in your jaw. Then we could attach a dental crown to give you a complete replacement tooth.
Embrace The Crown
The Founding Fathers may have rejected the authority of the English crown, but dental crowns are another matter entirely. At Holladay Dental Care, anyone can receive the royal treatment with one of our crowns.