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When choosing which type of dental crown is most suitable for you, it is important to consider many factors. These dental restorations usually last many years. Think of your options for Crowns in West Ashley and Charleston as an investment into your oral health and overall well-being. Aside from cost, pay attention to the cosmetic appearance as well as the strength and durability you will get from the type of crown you choose.

Patients have a variety of choices for dental crowns, including metal alloy crowns, porcelain fused to metal and ceramic. Due to the esthetics of gold or all metal alloy crowns, these are not the most popular choice of restorations. A benefit of metal and zirconia crowns is their strength and longevity in patients with a strong bite. Gold, in particular offers a high degree of durability appropriate for molars located in the back of the mouth. In this location, metal crowns are not highly visible, and biting is at its strongest.

Gold is biocompatible, which makes it ideal for dental restorations. When gold is used, surrounding gum tissue more readily accepts the material and there is less wear on adjacent teeth.

Another widely used option for dental crowns is porcelain fused to metal. This restoration provides the strength needed for biting and the esthetics you want to display in your smile. To facilitate the use of a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, a greater amount of natural tooth structure needs to be removed; but the result is a dental restoration that is virtually undetectable to the observer. While the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown features the natural-looking white porcelain, this type of crown still exhibits the underlying metal or gold at the gum line. Therefore, this is not the type of crown Charleston Dentist Dr. Greenberg recommends for restorations of front teeth. However, used in the back of the mouth, porcelain-fused-to-metal is an excellent option.

When a tooth has sustained significant damage due to decay or injury, a dental crown is a viable long-lasting restoration. Speak with Dr. Greenberg, your Charleston Dentist, about the characteristics most suitable for your circumstance.

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