can come in a variety of materials. Today’s blog will give you an overview of the types of dental crowns, and why you might need one.

Dental Crown Materials

A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials. Porcelain crowns are amongst the most popular because their reflective look is very tooth-like, and can be color-matched to your surrounding teeth. The most common complaint of porcelain crowns is usually that they can crack under the pressure of daily wear and tear. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, or PFM crowns, answer to this problem, but unfortunately, the durability comes at a price. PFM crowns have left many patients with a dark line at the place where gums and crown meet, making their restorative dental work all too obvious. Zirconia crowns are one of the strongest and most attractive dental restorations available, and quickly becoming a popular choice between dentists and patients alike.

Purposes of Dental Crowns

Excessive tooth decay that is not treated can infect the lower internal structures of your tooth anatomy. Your tooth enamel coats every single tooth and is designed to be an impenetrable barrier to protect you from tooth decay. Unfortunately, acid exposure from foods, beverages, or too much sugar can make your enamel demineralize, and cavities can begin. If that decay spreads, your root canals will need to be cleared of infected tissues, disinfected, reshaped, and sealed. A dental crown can restore both your tooth’s strength and aesthetic appeal.

Dental Crowns from Riverside Dentists

Naturally, the ideal is to avoid any dental treatments beyond preventive appointments. If you want to keep your teeth healthy, brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your Riverside dentists and hygienists every six months, without fail. We are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.