Customized Dental Crowns
Though the purpose of crowns varies, each one is crafted to mimic the top part of a tooth, and is placed over the appropriate tooth to protect its healthy structure. If you’ve lost a tooth, then Dr. Crouch can place a prosthetic root, or dental implant, in its place, then cap the implant with a prosthetic dental crown. Because all of your teeth are responsible for different functions, your dental crown can be crafted from a variety of advanced materials, offering enhanced strength and/or a more lifelike appearance when appropriate.
What Dental Crowns Are Made From
Because they can withstand the most pressure and friction, gold crowns are often preferred for back teeth, or molars, that are responsible for the most bite pressure. Also, gold crowns often keep the wear on your opposing molars to a minimum.
Dental porcelain, or ceramic, offers a realistic finish that closely mimics the color and shade of your teeth, as well as the way the outer layer of your teeth reflect light. Porcelain crowns are semi-translucent and layered, allowing them to mimic the light-reflective properties of your healthy tooth enamel, and are frequently recommended for visible front teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (or PFM) crowns combine the visually-appealing aspects of dental porcelain with the structural integrity of metal crowns. In addition to closely matching the appearance of your healthy teeth, PFM crowns can also withstand a greater amount of pressure than all-porcelain restorations.
Zirconia is similar to porcelain in their highly-realistic appearance, but unlike ceramic crowns, they can be crafted digitally by skilled technicians in a trusted dental lab. Because the measurements are taken with digital imaging equipment, there is no need to make a mold of your mouth to create the custom restoration.