Many people wonder why they need a dental crown. Eating, playing, and the passage of time can cause wear and damage to your teeth. Teeth can lose their shape and size, break and discolor. Dr. Frahm dentist will recommend a crown to protect the integrity of your tooth. A crown helps by preserving your natural tooth structure. Crowns are also used to restore your tooth’s appearance.
The top reasons you need a dental crown
There are a few other reasons crowns are put into place:
- To protect a tooth from breaking or cracking further
- To restore a broken or worn-down tooth
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a severely discolored or misshaped tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a tooth that’s had a root canal
What are dental crowns made of?
Permanent dental crowns are made from a number of different materials, each of which has different benefits. For adults, most dentists create permanent crowns from metal, composite resin, ceramic or porcelain
As a holistic dentistry practice, we prefer porcelain crowns for many reasons. Porcelain is a non-toxic dental material that is better for your heath. It works with the body’s natural systems, making it a biocompatible material that naturally adheres to your DNA and it’s five times stronger than your natural teeth. Unlike other materials used in crowns, porcelain can also be matched to the exact color of your teeth.
Metals like gold, platinum, nickel or base-metal allow crowns are commonly used for out of sight molars. These metals are incredibly strong and long-lasting and rarely break. However, metals aren’t for everyone since they can cause allergic reactions and other side-effects for some people.
Composite resin crowns are a popular option since they are less expensive than other materials. The downside is they are more likely to crack and wear down more quickly.
Ceramic is a beautiful option with a natural color match which works well for teeth in the front and back.
Are dental crowns permanent?
Porcelain, ceramic, composite resin and metal dental crowns are considered permanent. If they are well taken care of, these crowns can last between five and 15 years. A few factors will shorten the lifespan of your permanent crown. Poor dental hygiene or habits like grinding or clenching teeth or nail biting can wear crowns down more quickly.
If you have current dental health needs, we’re here for you. Dr. Frahm always discusses your options with you before treatment begins. Our holistic approach to dental care keeps your long-term wellness in mind. Contact Dr. Frahm today at 831-372-8011. Our office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.