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What Are My Options If I Need a Crown?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Cornell Dental
3D rendered cross-section view of three teeth with dental crowns made of different materialsAs a general dentist, I understand the anxiety that can come with learning you need a crown. Crowns are often seen as a significant dental procedure, and it's natural to have questions and concerns.

In this blog, I'll help you navigate your options and understand the crown process. We'll discuss the different types of crowns available, the materials used, and the factors that may influence your decision.

Navigating the Options:

First, let's address the misconception that all crowns are created equal. The truth is, there's a wide range of materials and techniques used to fabricate crowns, each with its own pros and cons. Porcelain crowns, for instance, are known for their aesthetic appeal, closely resembling the natural appearance of your teeth.

However, porcelain crowns may require more tooth preparation than other options, meaning more of your natural tooth structure is removed. For some patients, this can be a concern, especially if they have healthy tooth structure remaining.

Material Considerations:

Metal crowns, on the other hand, are incredibly durable and often the most affordable option. However, their metallic appearance may not be everyone's preference. Zirconia crowns offer a blend of strength and aesthetics, providing a natural-looking option with high durability.

There are also options like gold and ceramic crowns, each with its own unique characteristics. Discussing these options with your dentist will help you determine which material best suits your needs and preferences.

Beyond the Material:

While the material plays a significant role, the underlying foundation of your crown is equally important. In some cases, teeth may require additional support before a crown can be placed. This could involve procedures like root canal treatment or the placement of a post and core.

Your dentist will assess your individual situation and recommend the most appropriate course of action to ensure your crown has a strong and lasting foundation.

Making an Informed Choice:

Ultimately, the best crown for you will depend on several factors, including the location of the tooth, your budget, and your aesthetic preferences. Open communication with your dentist is crucial for making an informed decision.

By understanding your options and discussing your concerns, you can work together to choose the crown that best fits your needs and provides a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
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