The Benefits Of Metal Crowns
You might think that a weak or damaged tooth is no big deal. The truth is, that even one single damaged tooth can be quite harmful. The tooth could break or shatter, exposing the interior and allowing bacteria in and causing an infection. A broken tooth could affect your ability to eat and speak properly. If there is too much damage and the tooth requires an extraction, it will significantly impact your eating and speech and can impact the strength of your jawbone. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we want to do everything we can to help preserve your natural tooth. One of the best options to do this is with a metal crown.
What is a Crown?A dental crown is a cap that encompasses the entire visible portion of your tooth. Its main job is to provide strength to a vulnerable tooth, preserving its function and allowing it to stay in its socket. Crowns can be used in several different situations:
Why Metal?You’ve probably heard a lot about how metal crowns are not the best option because they are highly visible due to their color and can take away from your appearance. However, despite their silver (or gold) color, metal crowns offer you several benefits. First, much like ceramic crowns, they (specifically gold crowns) have excellent biocompatibility. This means that they have a similar wear to enamel and won’t cause excessive wear on your adjacent natural teeth.
Secondly, metal crowns are easy to fit. This is because the alloy is especially easy to work with, as well as predictable. This means that if the crown needs to be worked on, the alloy is malleable enough to allow for an adjustment.
Finally, the biggest benefit of metal crowns is their strength. Because they are made from 100% metal, nothing is stronger. Metal crowns, unlike ceramic or even porcelain fused to metal (PFM), will not chip, crack or break, even under hard biting forces. This makes metal crowns perfect for the molars in the very back of your mouth, especially since in the back they will be much less noticeable. Their strength means that metal crowns have the longest lifespan. It also means that the crown does not need to be very thick. Metal crowns are approximately as thick as a penny, meaning that less of your tooth needs to be trimmed.
What is the Process Like?Getting a crown is a process that takes two visits. During the first visit, we administer a local anesthetic and trim or shave down the damaged tooth. Next, we will take an impression of the area, which will be sent off to our lab for fabrication. This process could take up to two weeks, so we will provide you with a temporary crown in the meantime to protect the tooth and prevent infection. When your crown is ready, we will bring you back to the office to check for fit. If everything looks good and feels comfortable, we will then cement it in place.
Metal crowns are the strongest crowns available. At Dallas Prosthodontics, it is our goal to provide you with your best options for keeping your mouth healthy.
Anterior Crowns (Front teeth)