Dental Crowns in Pecan Grove
Are Dental Crowns Right for You?
If you're like most patients, you've heard the term 'dental crown' before. However, if you've never had one installed to improve your smile, then you may not know exactly what it is. These crowns are caps that get placed on top of your damaged teeth or on an implant. These crowns help to restore the look of your smile and make chewing easier on your jaw.
Do You Need Dental Crowns?
There are many different circumstances where having a dental crown installed can help to enhance your oral health. These include:
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Protecting a weak tooth from decay
- Covering a large filling
- Covering discolored or misshapen teeth
- Overlaying a dental implant
- Covering a tooth after root canal therapy
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
A permanent crown can be made of various different materials. These include metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-resin.
Each comes with its own advantages and drawbacks that you should be aware of. Dr. Anisa Maredia at M Dental at Aliana can assist you in determining the right material for your crowns.
Metal is going to be the longest-lasting option for a dental crown. It can be made out of chromium, nickel, palladium, or even gold. These metal crowns rarely break or wear down over time. The main drawback of using metal is that it has a metallic color that can hinder the look of your overall smile. Metal crowns are recommended for molars that are out-of-sight.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal helps to solve the metallic problem by having a porcelain top layer that can be tinted to match the color of your surrounding teeth. It's important to note that the porcelain can sometimes chip and wear down any natural teeth that come into contact with it. This option is recommended for both back and front teeth.
All-resin crowns are typically the least expensive option for patients. The resin material won't last as long as metal crowns as they will wear down over time. All-resin crowns can be tinted to match the existing color of your surrounding teeth. It's crucial to realize that resin is more prone to breakage than porcelain or metal.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
The average lifespan of a dental crown is anywhere between five and 15 years. The overall lifespan of your crown(s) will depend on the material that it's made out of, your oral hygiene practices, and personal mouth-related habits, like chewing ice or grinding your teeth. Dr. Maredia can discuss your specific situation and provide you with an estimated lifespan for the type of crown that you have installed.
M Dental at Aliana serves patients throughout the Pecan Grove and surrounding areas. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to get assistance with dental crowns and your other oral health needs.