A dental crown can serve as a practical way to revive a damaged tooth or as a cosmetic procedure to improve the look of your smile. From a practical standpoint, a crown can restore a tooth that is too damaged to be repaired with a filling or protect a weakened tooth from further deterioration. Cosmetically, a crown can conceal seriously stained or misshapen teeth. The two basic materials used to make a dental crown are metal and porcelain.
A metal crown, usually gold or silver, is often used for a back molar since it is the stronger material and the molars get most of the action when it comes to chewing. Gold is the preferred choice for durability and longevity.
An all porcelain crown is favored for a cosmetic procedure. It can be bonded to a natural tooth and matched so precisely in color that it’s virtually impossible to tell one from the other making it the perfect restoration for a front tooth.
A porcelain fused to metal crown is stronger than an all porcelain one due to the metallic element but for the same reason it cannot be made to simulate a natural tooth as well.
A dental crown is just one of the many cosmetic procedures offered at Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS in Leesburg. Visit the website www.leesburgdentist.com to read about the options available to you or call the office today @ 703-997-1313 to make an appointment.