Dental crowns are used for practical tooth restoration purposes, but they are also excellent for cosmetic dentistry as well. If you have misshapen, damaged, or discolored teeth that don’t affect your dental health but would like to correct or improve on your existing smile, we can help here at Chicago Dental Esthetics. We will do everything we can to give you the smile you are looking for!
Dental Crowns Can Be the Answer To a Better Smile
A crown is essentially a cap that goes over your natural tooth for protection and aesthetic purposes. They are a very important part of restorative dentistry as they are resilient, long-lasting, and restore a tooth’s strength. For example, someone who has had a root canal procedure might choose to receive a crown to extend a tooth’s longevity.
In order for a tooth to be prepared for a crown, some tooth material needs to be removed in order for it to fit properly (the original tooth's size with a crown wouldn’t be able to fit in the mouth properly) but once it is placed you can expect 10, 15, or even 30 plus years of usage out of the crown depending on your selected material and how well you are caring for it.
A dental crown that is either made from porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or composite resin is shaded to look like the surrounding teeth and thus these are the materials most commonly used for cosmetic dentistry. There are pros and cons to each, but they will all serve their purpose quite well.
Composite Resin Crowns
Resin crowns are affordable and are more than capable of restoring a tooth’s appearance. There are a couple of caveats such as they are more prone to staining than porcelain-based crowns. Additionally, resin crowns are more prone to chipping and take a higher level of artistic skill to look convincing in your mouth.
All-ceramic crowns are more durable than resin crowns, are stain-resistant, and generally look and feel more like a natural tooth. They are more expensive than resin crowns, but on average will last patients for a longer amount of time.
Porcelain Fused To Metal Crowns
If you are looking for durability and longevity, look no further! Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a metal base with porcelain as the outer shell to give you that realistic tooth appearance with a sturdy foundation that will allow them to potentially last for decades. They are one of the more expensive types of crowns, however, what you get is a crown that is virtually worry-free as long as you are practicing good oral hygiene and taking care of them as you would a real tooth.
Perhaps you want something different. Gold crowns are used for both aesthetic and functional purposes. They are considered the most durable crown overall with the longest potential lifespan. A quality gold crown can get rather expensive but can last you a lifetime with proper care!
Contact Us for an Improved Smile
If you are currently needing teeth fixed for either cosmetic or structural reasons, we are here to help at Chicago Dental Esthetics. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling our number at (847) 677-1119.