Crowns, why use them?
Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.
Types of crowns?
Crowns are made of a variety of materials and new materials are being introduced all the time. Here are some of the options available at present:
Porcelain bonded to metal: this is standard crowns. A precious metal base is made and layers of porcelain are then applied over it.
Porcelain: these crowns are stronger as bonded crowns but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth. They are made of Zirconium material which is hard wearing. Usually they have five years guarantee.
Metal (gold and palladium): these crowns are usually used at the back of the mouth.
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