Are You a Candidate for Dental Crowns?

Posted by Ami Desai on Jun 11 2024, 06:51 AM

Are You a Candidate for Dental Crowns?  


Dental crowns significantlyimpactoral health by providing protection and reinforcement to weakened or damaged teeth. Covering the entire visibleportionof a tooth above the gum line protects crowns against further decay or fracture, preserving the natural tooth structure and preventing the need for extraction. Additionally, crowns restore dental functionality, ensuring proper chewing and biting whilemaintainingbite alignment to alleviate potential issues like jaw pain or headaches. Their role extends to supporting dental bridges or implants, enhancing function and aesthetics.Ultimately, dentalcrowns contribute to overall oral health maintenance by safeguarding teeth, restoring function, and promoting long-term dental stability.  

Suitable Candidate for Dental Crowns  

  • If you have teeth that are extensively decayed, cracked, fractured, or weakened due to trauma orpreviousdental procedures, you may be a candidate for dental crowns. Crowns can restore the strength, function, and appearance of such teeth.  

  • Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth to provide protection and support. Crowns help prevent the tooth from fracturing and seal out bacteria, reducing the risk of reinfection.  

  • Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, misshapen, or have other aesthetic imperfections. Crowns can enhance teeth' color, shape, and alignment, creating a more pleasing smile.  

  • Dental crowns are abutments to support dental bridges, replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering a dental bridge, crowns may be necessary to anchor the bridge.  

  • Crowns are placed on top of dental implants to replace missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering dental implants as a tooth replacementoption, you may require dental crowns to restore the appearance and function of your smile.  

  • In some cases, dental crowns may be used to restore worn-down teeth or to correct minor misalignments in the bite. Crowns can help rebuild tooth structure and improve bite function in such situations.  


Types of Dental Crowns  

Porcelain Crowns  

  • Porcelain crowns are highly aesthetic and closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, making them an excellent choice for front teeth or visible areas of the smile.  

  • They are stain-resistant and biocompatible, making them suitable for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities.  

  • Porcelain crowns are durable and long-lasting, although they may be more prone to chipping or fracturing than metal or metal-ceramic crowns.  

Metal Crowns  

  • Metal crowns, typically made of gold alloy, offer exceptional strength and durability, making them ideal for back teeth subjected to heavy biting forces.  

  • Theyrequireless tooth structure removal than other crown types and are less likely to wear down opposing teeth.  

  • While highly functional, metal crowns may not be as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain or ceramic crowns due to their metallic color.  

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns  

  • PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain, featuring a metal substructure covered with a layer of tooth-colored porcelain.  

  • They offer excellent durability and aesthetics, making them suitable for front and back teeth.  

  • However, over time, the metal substructure may become visible as a dark line near the gumline, mainly if gum recession occurs.  

All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain Crowns  

  • All ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are crafted entirely from ceramic materials, offering superior aesthetics and biocompatibility.  

  • They provide a natural-looking appearance and excellent light transmission, blending seamlessly with surrounding teeth.  

  • While highly aesthetic, all-ceramic crowns may be weaker than metal or PFM crowns and may be more prone to fracture, especially in areas of heavy chewing.  

Zirconia Crowns  

  • Zirconia crowns are a type of all-ceramic crown known for their exceptional strength, durability, and biocompatibility.  

  • They offer high resistance to fracture and wear, making them suitable for both front and back teeth.  

  • Zirconia crowns provide excellent aesthetics, with a translucent appearance resembling natural tooth enamel.  


The Role of Dental Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry  

Restoring Tooth Shape and Size  

Dental crowns can effectively restore the shape and size of teeth that are misshapen, worn down, or disproportionately sized. By covering the entire visibleportionof the tooth above the gum line, crowns can create a more harmonious and balanced smile.  

Improving Tooth Color and Appearance  

Dental crowns can conceal discoloration, staining, or intrinsic tooth defects that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments. Crowns are custom-made to match the color and shade of adjacent natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result.  

Concealing Dental Imperfections  

Dental crowns can mask dental imperfections, including chips, cracks, pits, or other surface irregularities. Covering these imperfections with a durable and lifelike restoration, crowns help create a flawless and aesthetically pleasing smile.  

Closing Gaps and Spaces  

Dental crowns can close gaps or spaces between teeth, a common cosmetic concern known as diastema. Crowns can be customized in size and shape to fill gaps and create a more uniform and attractive smile.  

Enhancing Dental Symmetry and Alignment  

Dental crowns can improve the overall symmetry and alignment of the smile by correcting minor orthodontic issues or discrepancies in tooth size and shape. Crowns can be precisely crafted to achieveoptimaldental harmony and balance.  

Providing Long-lasting Aesthetic Results  

Dental crowns are durable and stain-resistant, providing long-lasting aesthetic results that can withstand daily wear and tear demands. With proper care and maintenance, crowns canmaintaintheir appearance and functionality for many years.  




Dental crowns offer a range of benefits, addressing both functional and aesthetic concerns and thereby improving overall oral health and quality of life. Visit Ami Desaiat 440 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035, or call (408) 946-0777 todetermineif dental crowns are the rightoptionfor you. 


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