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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are prosthetic devices that stay fixed in the oral cavity as opposed to the traditional use of dentures that can be taken out regularly, cleaned and fitted again. Dental crowns are usually cemented onto the already existing implants and teeth, which can only be removed by the dentist.

It is also sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’ that resembles the shape of the tooth. It covers the tooth and restores its shape in terms of:

  • Size

  • Strength

  • Overall Appearance

Uses of Dental Crowns

The dentist may advise you to use dental crowns because of the following reasons:

  1. Protection for a tooth that is:

  • Decaying

  • Broken

  • To strengthen parts of a cracked tooth

  1. To cover an already existing dental implant that spoils the appearance of your oral cavity

  2. To support a dental filling where the most part of the tooth is damaged.

  3. To cover a tooth that has been discolored or misshaped tooth due to bad oral hygiene

  4. The use of dental bridges sometimes require dental crowns to cover them and hold them in place adding strength to the structure

  5. Dental crowns are also used for cosmetic and aesthetic purposes

Making of Dental Crowns

The Dentist usually advises you for dental crowns depending on your diagnosis. Usually, if a permanent crown needs to be placed, dentists recommend:

  • Alloys of metal for example stainless steel

  • Porcelain with metal infusion

  • Resin

  • Ceramics

Most Common types of Dental Crowns

Stainless Steel

Dental crowns made up of stainless steel are the best option for children’s teeth according to the dentist. This is because they do not require frequent follow up visits and complex procedures. Stainless steel dental crowns is also the most cost-effective as compared to custom-made crowns.


The metals used in dental crowns are usually in the form of alloys:

  • Gold alloy for example Palladium

  • Base-metal alloy for example Chromium or Nickel

Metal dental crowns have an advantage over other materials because it imposes minimal tooth wear to the surrounding teeth and requires less tooth structure to be removed. Metals also have higher strength that helps to withstand forces during biting and chewing. Therefore, they are long lasting in terms of wear and tear. The only possible drawback includes the metallic color of the crown. Other advantages of metal crown include:

  • They rarely chip or break

  • They are good choice for molars because they are out-of-sight and do not spoil the appearance of the oral cavity.

Porcelain with Metal Infusion

Porcelain dental crowns are considered the most beneficial in maintaining the dental appearance. Their color can be matched to the neighboring teeth. However, with porcelain dental crowns, more disturbance to the adjacent teeth may occur, and portion of the crown may break over time. Owing their most suitable appearance according to your dental structure, porcelain crowns are highly recommended for the front teeth.

The Dentist dedicated to you at Saini Smiles Dentistry, located in Sun City West, AZ are well-experienced and possesses the expertise to provide you with the most modern dental crown treatment.

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