Selecting A Dental Crown: Durability Versus Appearance
Posted July 8, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
Let’s say you need restorative work on a tooth. If the work is serious enough – for instance, if you needed a root canal for your tooth – you should expect to need a dental crown. A dental crown can cover the whole of your tooth above the gum line. It protects it from further harm, and even picks up on the work once provided by the tooth. If you need a dental crown, you may wonder how it will look after it is placed. That can depend on the material selected to construct it. A porcelain crown can have the most realistic look to it, but a metal crown can offer better durability. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can be a sort of middle ground, with a more lifelike look than metal, and more strength than a porcelain crown.
A dental crown made from porcelain can withstand whatever stress your tooth was placed under. In more visible areas, it can be the preferred option. However, it may not be the best choice when it comes to protecting one of your back teeth. More is demanded of these teeth, so greater strength is advantageous. Their position near the back of your mouth also makes them less visible.
Receiving a crown will take two visits. Your first visit is about taking the necessary measurements to ensure that your crown fits properly, as well as serving as an opportunity to prepare your tooth to be fitted with a crown. The second visit will take place after your crown has arrived at your dentist’s office from the laboratory where it was crafted.