Restorative Dental Crowns
When teeth have suffered decay, damage, and destruction, they often need to be paired with a restorative procedure that will provide renewed function, form, and appearance. One procedure that serves many patients well and completely renews the beauty and health benefits of their smile is the dental crown. Crowns, also called caps, are fixed over the tooth so as to conceal the undesirable, unproductive condition of a damaged tooth while providing structural support and visual appeal. Crowns are an easy and effective solution to many dental problems, as the convenient variety of crowns can adapt to the needs of most individuals.
Types of Dental Crowns
Village Dental specializes in providing four types of crowns, all of which exhibit their own unique qualities and benefits. The types of crowns Village Dental offers are:
- Porcelain fused to zirconium or gold
- Full contour zirconium
Porcelain dental crowns are one of the most popular and preferred crown options, as porcelain is widely considered the most lifelike and natural looking material available for dental restorations. Porcelain crowns are unquestionably the best choice for achieving stunning cosmetic results in the mouth, and porcelain also eliminates many of the sensitivities that patients experience with metal crowns. As a very white, translucent ceramic, porcelain does not conduct heat or cold very well, and therefore, patients will not feel as much susceptibility to extreme temperatures. Porcelain also does not bother patients that would encounter negative reactions to metals.
A type of dental crown that is comparable to porcelain yet possesses its own distinctions is zirconium. Zirconium, also known as zirconium dioxide or zirconia, is a white crystalline oxide made from the metal zirconium, and this metal is an excellent base for dental restorations. Zirconium is rapidly becoming a very popular option for dental crowns, as this material boasts many dental advantages. Zirconium is an extremely strong and durable substance, so it is capable of withstanding the typical wear and tear of the mouth much better than porcelain and about as well as gold. Zirconium actually has the aesthetic edge over gold as it is white and translucent like porcelain and therefore makes for a more natural match for real teeth. Zirconium is biocompatible, so the human body will not reject it, and only rarely do patients experience sensitivities to it. Zirconium is also very modifiable, so it can be customized to fit each mouth, and it can be solidly secured within the mouth with the use of any of the popular cements.
Porcelain Fused to Zirconium
The ideal combination of strength and style is achieved with porcelain fused to zirconium dental crowns. The purpose of fusing one dental material to another is to create the perfect crown by uniting an attractive material with an indestructible material. Porcelain fused to zirconium crowns achieve that particularly profitable balance by establishing zirconium as the foundation of the crown, which enables the crown to be exceedingly tough without risking the unnatural look of a metal base such as gold. The bond forged between porcelain and zirconium is also much sturdier than that between porcelain and gold, and the addition of porcelain to the crown means that the overall look of the crown will be the best possible cosmetically. Therefore, porcelain fused to zirconium crowns accomplish the most natural appearance with the most enduring material.
Gold crowns are very traditional tools of restorative dentistry. For many years now, gold has been a great choice for dental crowns, as this metal maintains many winning characteristics. When combined with other metals to form an alloy, which is always the case with gold crowns, gold is considerably hardwearing, so it will hold up very well under the pressures of the mouth. Yet, gold is also gentle on the opposing teeth and therefore well suited for patients who grind and clench constantly. Gold is tenacious even when it is thin, so more of the original tooth structure can be retained with gold crowns.
Our Village Dental Care Approach to Crowns
At Village Dental, we offer only the best dental crown options for our patients, as our goal is to supply our patients with new smiles that are both lovely and long lasting. We carefully evaluate the qualities of every type of crown on an individual basis for our patients in order to ensure that they will be able to forgo all sensitivity while still receiving the most effective restoration. At Village Dental, our highly educated, greatly skilled dentists have the experience needed to make the right decisions for our patients, and our Five Star Service guarantees your complete comfort throughout the process of applying your new dental crowns. It’s the Village Dental Care difference.