Choosing the right dental crown for you
By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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Dental crowns play a major part in modern dentistry as they help restore a tooth and protect it from future damage. However, there are lots of choices for patients who are ready to be fitted with a tooth crown.

Stainless steel crowns are often used as a temporary fix on a tooth that is damaged. These are considered to be a very affordable option and can also be used while the permanent crown is being constructed. It only takes one visit to fit you with a stainless steel crown.

One of the most popular options available today is porcelain and ceramic crowns. These bear a very close resemblance to natural teeth and have evolved to become very durable. Some dentists can even construct these on site, and they are also an excellent alternative for people who are allergic to metal.

Other metal alloys makeup crowns such as gold, nickel, and palladium. These kinds of crowns will not chip or break and require a less amount of modification. These are used on molars and are highly visible.
For those seeking a more affordable option, composite resin crowns will reduce their costs. However, these are not as strong as other crowns and may need to be replaced in the future.

There is even the option of having a combination crown, which includes more than just one material. Most of these crowns are made out of porcelain and then fused to metal. It provides a sturdier option to ceramic crowns and still looks very natural. Most times, these crowns are recommended to go overtop your back teeth.

There are also instances when a patient might find themselves needing something stronger than a filling, but not quite as extreme as a crown. In that case, a porcelain on lay is a viable option. This serves as a type of partial cover that is custom made to fit over the tooth.

If you find yourself at an impasse regarding which crown is right for you, your dentist can run down which option is best in terms of price, durability, and appearance.

The friendly team of dentists at Fine Dental Arts can walk you through the process of selecting a crown while explaining the benefits of each different option. For the best selection of tooth crowns Bellevue provides, stop by Fine Dental Arts and let our staff start working for you.