Dental Crowns

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are among the most frequently dental treatments. They are designed to cover damaged or decaying.  In some instances, crowns can be used to anchor bridges or dentures.  At Mercersburg Family Dentistry, we utilize crowns for different functions as well as for basic placement purposes.

The Purpose of Dental Crowns

There are dual purposes for crowns.  They provide an attractive cosmetic covering for teeth and protect damaged teeth.  Because they can last from 10 to 15 years, they are a preferred treatment.

Is a Dental Crown Needed?

When Dr. Hughes conducts a dental examination, she will be able to determine if a crown is the best solution.  Those suffering from a cracked or broken tooth typically find that a crown is the best choice.  If you do not pursue treatment, severe infections can result causing expensive tooth and gum damage.

Here are the typical dental uses for crowns:

  • Cap dental implants
  • Strengthen a tooth after a root canal procedure
  • Provide proper support for teeth with extensive dental fillings
  • Improve a patient’s bite
  • Anchor dentures or fixed bridges

The Kinds of Dental Crowns

Not all crowns are the same.  There are four main construction choices. Of course, each has advantages and disadvantages.  Before the Mercersburg Family Dentistry team constructs your crown, we discuss its options with you.  Our aim is to detail the pros and cons of each kind so you can make the right choice for your individual needs.

Metal Crowns – There are several metals used to make crowns, including palladium, platinum, and gold.  These are all non-toxic, durable materials, but they do not look like your original teeth.

PFM – Porcelain fused to metal crowns are metal crowns that have a strong porcelain layer fused over the surface.  Because the porcelain layer doesn’t completely cover the metal base, they are best for molars, which aren’t visible when you smile.

Resin – Resin has a natural appearance, but needs regular replacement because it can wear down quickly.  It is the most affordable of the different crowns.

Porcelain –Porcelain crowns are known for being exceptionally strong. Because of their appearance and durability, they mimic your natural teeth.  Hence, they are the most popular choice for crowns.

To learn more about which crown options are suitable for you, schedule an appointment with Mercersburg Family Dentistry.