Choosing the Right Dental Crown for Your Teeth

January 9, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Dental
Tooth with a crown

Many people value dental health but often wait until the last minute before seeing a dentist. In the United States, there is a significant percentage of people who have missing teeth in one or both jaws. For many Indianapolis residents, dental crowns are a dental treatment they do not consider unless they start experiencing dental pain.

Dental Implants in the US

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, in 2008 there were more than 35 million who were missing all their teeth in either the lower or upper jaw. At that time, there were also more than 15 million Americans who had undergone crown and bridge replacements. Dental implants was a procedure that grew by half a million every year.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are four types of dental crowns: ceramic, porcelain-fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metal alloys. These crown types have their characteristics. Porcelain crowns depend on the filling materials and the quality of the tooth for the sealing ability. The other three types of crowns have good sealing properties.

Gold and metal alloys provide the best durability. Porcelain crowns are a little weaker, and more susceptible to breaking due to strong pressure. For people who grind their teeth in their sleep, porcelain crowns are not recommended. However, porcelain fused metal crowns are stronger and offer better durability. Both porcelain and porcelain-fused metal crowns are wear-resistant but can damage teeth if the surface becomes rough. Gold and metal alloys are also resistant to wear but gentle on teeth.

Crowns are supposed to last a lifetime. This means that even if you had them when you were young, they would still be durable to last for years. The key is proper maintenance. The normal routines of brushing and flossing at least once a day should be followed. Regular dental checkups are also advised. Good dental hygiene is necessary to keep crowns in place.

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