Porcelain Crowns in Boca Raton FL
A crown, also known as a “cap”, restores a badly decayed or broken down tooth to its natural shape and function, and in the case of porcelain or ceramic crowns, it can also restore the natural look and color of the tooth. A porcelain crown can also go on top of an implant to replace a missing tooth.
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What are the different types of crowns and what are they for?
The most commonly used type of crown is called a PFM (it stands for Porcelain Fused to Metal). A PFM has an inner layer of metal that varies in its content of gold (base metal for low, semiprecious for medium and high noble for high gold content), with an outer layer of porcelain that chemically bonds to the metal, making it both strong and esthetic. On a scale from 1 to 10 in esthetics, you can expect most PFMs to fall right in the middle. They are a good balance between durability, strength and esthetics.
Another popular type of crown as of late is the all-ceramic crown or porcelain crown. These restorations, while being metal-free, provide an excellent alternative to crowns containing metal for those discerning patients that expect the best cosmetic result possible. Dental technology has advanced at a rapid pace in the last few years, making metal-free restorations available not only for front teeth, but also for the more demanding needs of posterior teeth where the most stress is placed on teeth.
Another not so popular but very effective type of crown is the all-metal crown, classified as well on a varying degree of gold content. While not very esthetic, the gold crown is still the standard to which all other crowns are compared due to its longevity, strength and biocompatibility.
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How long do crowns last?
Porcelain crowns have been serving patients successfully for many years. The choice of material may affect the longevity of your crowns, but when given proper care and maintenance, crowns can be expected to serve functionally for about 15-20 years. However, even though a crown may still be completely functional (that is there’s no caries, no sensitivity, protects the tooth and fully functions when chewing), the aesthetic appearance may have deteriorated over the years. As it so happens when we age, gums recede and crowns may lose their luster some 10 years or so after their placement.