Dental crowns and tooth-shaped tooth caps have been used for years to help patients restore their smiles after experiencing severe tooth damage. Although our teeth are strong, when bacteria and decay accumulate and aren’t removed, our teeth are at high risk for permanent damage. At 3rd South Dental, we utilize dental crowns in multiple different restorative procedures and dental appliances to help the people of Salt Lake City, Utah, restore their teeth.
How We Utilize Dental Crowns
There are many different types of severe dental damage and regular occasions where we use a crown as a restorative treatment. These issues include:
- A tooth that has experienced severe decay has to have most of the visible portion removed. The tooth will become weak once decay has been removed and will need a dental crown to allow tooth function to begin again.
- When a patient has lost a tooth due to injury or decay, a common form of tooth replacement is a dental implant. An implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone and then covered by a dental crown to give off the appearance of a real, natural tooth.
- To replace a large filling that has either been damaged or has become loose.
- To cover a tooth after a root canal procedure.
- Crowns can also enhance the appearance of one’s smile.
Types of Dental Crowns
Not all dental crowns are used at every dental practice, but it is essential to understand each type before making the right decision. If you have any further questions, please see our Dental Crowns Service Page.
Crowns made of non-tooth colored material are typically placed only on the back teeth, including gold crowns. One of the main benefits of gold crowns is that they are solid and durable. When it comes to having a tooth replacement, you want to be sure that the material will withstand the daily tasks.
Completely Porcelain Crowns
This type of dental crown is the most popular due to the porcelain material resembling a natural tooth in shade and sheen. Porcelain crowns are biocompatible, which means that there is no metal and therefore are toxic-free. Although porcelain is strong, it isn’t as strong as metal crowns.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
One of the newer types of crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns, utilizes the strength from metal and the appearance of porcelain to bring patients an all-around solid and beautiful crown. The crown is coated with metal on the inside when the outer material is porcelain. This procedure has become one of the most popular types of crowns available today.
Much like the porcelain fused to metal crown, the zirconia crowns are made to be as strong as metal crowns while having the pearly white appearance of porcelain crowns. The only difference is that these crowns are not coated with metal on the inside. This new type of material has become very popular recently.
At 3rd South Dental, Dr. Theurer works closely with each patient who needs or wants a dental crown and chooses which type would be best for their situation and mouth. Each of our team members is dedicated to helping you with your smile in any way possible.
If you would like to learn more about one or more of the dental crowns that we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by phone. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and can serve any nearby area residents.