Dental crowns are not exactly an innovative restorative dentistry treatment; in fact, the first crowns were created centuries ago, and were designed on principles still used today. Modern crowns, however, are designed with more precision and crafted out of more attractive (and durable) materials than ever before.

The point of a dental crown is to restore and protect a tooth, whether it’s been damaged by accidental trauma or treated for severe infection (such as with root canal treatment). Made to mimic the tooth’s appearance, a dental crown is secured over the tooth and acts as a shield to protect it.

Different Types of Dental Crowns

Because each of your teeth serves a different purpose, dental crowns can be crafted from a variety of materials, depending on your specific needs and preferences. For more visible teeth, we often recommend lifelike porcelain crowns that are able to reflect light the same way your healthy tooth structure does. For back teeth that absorb the most pressure, Dr. Keller might suggest a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown for their increased durability. Zirconia crowns offer the same cosmetic benefits of all-porcelain ones, but are nearly as strong as metal.

Ask Dr. Keller if a Crown is Right for You

A custom dental crown can help your tooth recover from a number of different concerns, including tooth wear, structural daamge, and more. To find out what kind of crown would be best for your unique needs, schedule an appointment by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.