Crowns are a type of restoration usually used for severely damaged teeth or teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure. In the past, if a tooth needed a crown it was usually covered with a metal restoration. Today, you can opt for a porcelain crown if you choose.

Porcelain vs. Metal Crowns

Although metal crowns have been the standard for a long time, many people now prefer to have a porcelain crown placed. A porcelain crown can be color-matched to your other teeth, so that, unlike a gold crown that is readily visible, it is virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. Porcelain is durable and long-lasting, and is particularly effective on teeth that are normally visible. It also does not conduct cold, so it won’t increase sensitivity as a metal crown sometimes will. [pullquote]Although metal crowns have been the standard for a long time, many people now prefer to have a porcelain crown placed.[/pullquote]

If you require a crown, your dentist will discuss the options with you to determine what kind of crown is most appropriate. Back teeth sometimes are better treated with a metal crown because of the pressure these teeth must endure during chewing. Another option is a metal crown covered with porcelain, which provides the advantage of being tooth-colored.

Reasons for a Crown

In general, a dentist will recommend a crown under several circumstances. They are not used as often as they once were, since less invasive methods are now available for cosmetic treatments. Reasons for treating a tooth with a crown include:

  • The tooth has already been treated with a large filling
  • The tooth has cracked severely
  • The tooth has been damaged
  • The tooth has been treated with a root canal procedure

In these situations, treatment with a crown helps keep the tooth intact. Crowns can often help you keep a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to extensive damage or decay.

Once your dentist has determined you need a crown, you’ll go on to discuss the options and decide whether porcelain, metal, or metal bonded with porcelain is the best option to treat your tooth.

Talk with our experienced dental team at Kemp and Borovac Dentistry to find out if a crown is the right choice for your dental needs.