When a patient undergoes root canal therapy, it is common for the treatment to conclude with a dental crown fitting to help strengthen and protect the treated tooth from any damage moving forward.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that “caps” over the remaining portion of a patient’s natural tooth, restoring strength, function and appearance.
When it comes to crowns, there really are so many materials that a patient can choose from! Let’s talk about some of the different types of crowns our Scarborough endodontist is able to provide patients with today, and what sets them apart from each other:
- Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns
A popular choice; all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns blend in with the appearance of the natural teeth and, compared to the other crown materials, provide the most realistic looking result. However, because porcelain or ceramic crowns are not completely resistant to breaking, they are best used to restore front teeth that are not exposed to as much biting force.
- Resin Crowns
Resin, or composite resin is the tooth-coloured material that is used to fill cavities today. Resin crowns mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. These crowns are also best used to restore front teeth as they are not resistant to fracture under intense chewing forces. They are the least expensive option when compared to other crown materials.
- Metal Crowns
Crowns can also be composed of a mixture of gold and other metals, which is known to be extremely strong and resistant to fracturing or breaking. Crowns can also be composed of base metal alloys which are also very resistant to wear. While these types of crowns may not be a top choice for cosmetic reasons, they are definitely a top choice when considering longevity and strength.
These are just a few of the options patients have when it comes to choosing a crown material that is best for them and their tooth. Our endodontist in Scarborough is always happy to discuss options with his patients in order to make the best decision possible.
What about you? Which crown would you choose to restore your tooth?