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What is the Best Type of Dental Crown?

August 18, 2017

Woman with flawless smile thanks to dental crownThe best type of dental crown is the one that’s flawlessly crafted to restore and protect a damaged tooth. At Tysons Dental Aesthetics, we offer quality dental crowns made from a variety of materials to meet any patient’s oral health care needs. We work with every patient to create personalized treatment plans to ensure the results we deliver are just what they’re looking for, and that includes the design and placement of dental restorations like crowns. Over the course of two to three office visits, we’ll provide a one-on-one consultation to help you select the best dental crown materials. Then, we’ll prepare the tooth and capture impressions that are used by the lab to create your crown. Following your preparation, we’ll place a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Once we receive the final restoration for our lab, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for a custom dental crown.

Metal Crowns

Typically crafted from gold, metal dental crowns are the least natural in appearance, but gold crowns are the most durable solution. Additionally, they create the least wear against opposing teeth. Because of the noticeable appearance, we typically only recommend these crowns for back teeth. Patients who have experienced metal allergies or sensitivities may also want to consider one of our other material options.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Combining the cosmetic value of porcelain with the strength of a metal restoration, a porcelain fused to metal crown can provide natural looking restoration and long lasting durability. However, the porcelain outer layer of the restoration can wear away over time leaving patients with a darkly colored crown. If you’ve ever seen a picture or met someone who has the dark line around their tooth at the gums, they likely have a worn-down porcelain fused to metal crown. With repair or replacement, patients’ smiles can still be restored to flawless perfection, but this maintenance will need to be taken into consideration.

All-Ceramic Crowns

Those patients who need to repair front facing teeth or who want to ensure the natural looking appearance of their smile will likely choose an all-ceramic crown. Even after years of wear, ceramic crowns retain their flawless appearance. Unfortunately, the porous ceramic creates excess wear against the opposing tooth structure. Still, for complete cosmetic restoration or patients who have metal allergies or sensitivities, there is no better solution than an all-ceramic crown.

So, What’s the Right Choice for Me?

Each patient is different, so we’ll need to schedule a consultation to help you determine the right dental crown material. Give our Falls Church dentist and team a call to find out more about dental crowns or schedule your appointment today. We can’t wait to put a flawless smile back on your face!

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