A dental crown sits atop a tooth, much like a crown perched atop the head of a king or queen. However, dental crowns are neither symbols of power nor decorative wear. Instead, dental crowns are dental devices designed to strengthen a tooth that has become damaged and cannot withstand the demands of day-to-day functionality. But did you know that there are three types of dental crowns? Your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type.
Dental Crown Restorations
Your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, offer all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, and all-metal crowns to restore and strengthen teeth. The crown they choose for a patient, however, depends on the tooth that requires the restoration. All-ceramic crowns, for instance, offer the best cosmetic results of the group. They can be customized to mimic nearby teeth, and they offer a realistic sheen by duplicating the way that a natural tooth reflects light. However, all-ceramic crowns are not as strong as PFM or all-metal crowns. Thus, your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, typically use them for restorations of teeth in the front of the mouth, where they forces of biting and chewing are not as great and where the crown will be more visible.
For teeth in the back of the mouth, patients are left with two options: PFM crowns or all-metal crowns. PFM crowns are coated with an outer layer of porcelain that allows the crown to be customized to mimic the appearance of surrounding teeth. It is, therefore, a better cosmetic option than an all-metal crown. However, all-metal crowns are strong and functional, and when used in the back of the mouth, they are not often visible, making their poor cosmetic appearance less of a problem.
Dental Crowns from Your Reno Dentists
Have you suffered a broken or cracked tooth? A dental crown can reinforce your tooth and restore its function. Contact your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 775-829-7700. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.