What a Dental Crown Does for Your Tooth
When your teeth are healthy, they’re the most resilient parts of your body, able to withstand immense amounts of pressure from your bite repeatedly, every day. However, if a tooth is accidentally cracked or broken, or receives a large filling or root canal therapy, then it will no longer be as strong and resilient as it once was. To help it retain its integrity and ability to function properly, your dentist can custom-design a lifelike dental crown to cover the top portion of the tooth and protect it from sustaining any further damage.
Different Crowns for Different Needs
In order to fully restore your tooth’s strength and function, a dental crown must closely mimic the tooth’s size, shape, and contour so that it fits comfortably among the rest of your teeth. However, depending on your specific needs, your dentist can design your crown to be made from one of a variety of materials, such as:
- Porcelain: also known as ceramic, dental porcelain is highly realistic, with the ability to be tinted to match your tooth’s unique color and shade, as well as the tooth’s ability to reflect light.
- Metal: metal is the strongest choice for modern dental crowns and is often used for molars that are subject to extreme levels of bite pressure.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): PFM crowns combine the strength of metal dental crowns and the esthetic appeal of custom-designed porcelain.
- Zirconia: like porcelain, zirconia closely resembles your healthy tooth structure, but is much more durable than traditional dental ceramic
Finding the Crown that Fits You Best
A custom-designed dental crown can be the best thing for the long-term health and appearance of your tooth. To schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585. Our office is located on the south west corner of 75th and State Line at the Crossroads of Prairie Village, Waldo, Brookside, Mission Hills , Leawood and Overland Park, just minutes from I-435 and State Line as well as I-35 and 75th Street.