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Uses and Types of Dental Crowns


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Dr. Robert Madden practices at Southwest Family Dentistry. Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, has many professional interests as a dentist, including the construction of crowns.

Crowns serve several functions, such as supporting a tooth that has broken or eroded, covering implants, and keeping a bridge in place. They can also prevent damage to a weak tooth and hide a discolored one. Several types of crowns made of various substances can accomplish these and other goals:

Stainless steel crowns are temporary, remaining in place until a permanent crown is available from a laboratory. They are popular in children’s dentistry because they cover teeth soon to be lost and require only one visit.

Metal crowns require less removal of natural tooth tissue. They are longlasting and hold up well to biting and chewing.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look more natural because they match the color of other teeth. However, the porcelain in them can break off. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide a better color match than porcelain-metal but are less strong. All three types tend to wear down the opposing teeth.

All-resin crowns are an inexpensive choice, but they are more likely to break than porcelain-fused-to-metal ones.

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