Crowns serve a very important function in saving broken-down or compromised teeth and can eliminate chewing and cold sensitivity in teeth that have cracks. A very common situation for a crown presents when a tooth has had a large filling in the past and, through wear and tear, a crack develops in the surrounding tooth structure, and either the tooth breaks or becomes painful to chew on.
Crowns typically cover the tooth above the gums and there are three types of crowns:
Porcelain: This is the most esthetic type and newer materials allow for adequate strength in many areas of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to Gold: These have been the standard of the industry for many years. A thin layer of gold is covered by porcelain providing a strong, long-lasting restoration.
Gold: Gold crowns, when selected, are generally used on the back teeth and have many advantages.
Dr. Davis will explains the pros/cons of each material allowing for the best choice in each situation.