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Types of Crowns


Rendering of jaw with dental crownIf you have damaged a front tooth, more than its health is affected. Damage to front teeth can also significantly impact your smile. Crowns are commonly used for treating tooth damage, but many people are afraid of getting them on their front teeth. They often think that crowns are only made of metal and are highly noticeable. At Tim Perry, DDS, we can provide an option that not only protects your teeth but restores your smile as well.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns


Porcelain fused to metal crowns is a combination of strong metal and aesthetic porcelain. The metal provides the base of the crown, which encases the affected tooth to provide it with unmatched strength and protection. The porcelain coating completely covers the metal so that it cannot be seen. This helps the restoration to look perfectly natural. However, even with the porcelain coating, a dark line can sometimes be seen through it. When the metal is visible, it becomes more noticeable.

All-Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns


Crowns that are entirely ceramic or entirely porcelain are the most popular option. They also tend to cost the most. However, they do provide the most natural appearance. It looks exactly like the rest of your teeth. These crowns do not have any metals in them. You will not have to worry about any dark lines. Additionally, if you have allergies to metal, this is not an issue with these types of crowns.

Resin Crowns


Resin crowns are made from a composite resin material. They are the most affordable option. However, they are also the weakest. They can easily break under too much pressure. Because they are not very strong, they are not used very often.

Is Getting a Crown Painful?


Getting a crown is not painful at all. While we do need to remove some of the enamel from your tooth to place the restoration, this is only done after we provide you with a local anesthetic. With the area numb, you will not feel any discomfort. After the enamel is removed, we take an impression. The impression goes to our dental lab, and you receive a temporary crown. You will need a second appointment to fit and place your actual crown.

Why Do I Need a Temporary Crown?


A temporary crown does more than give your tooth a more natural appearance while you are waiting for your final crown to be completed. When we remove enamel from your tooth, the tooth is more susceptible to sensitivity, decay, and infections. With the temporary crown, we can help you protect the tooth until your crown is ready.

What Type of Crown is Right for Me?


You might know that you want a crown to fix your smile, and improve your oral health, but you might not know which type is best for you. During your initial appointment, we will examine your mouth and go over your options. We can help you to choose the best type of crown for you.


Crowns that match your natural teeth can be an effective solution for protecting damaged teeth and improving your overall appearance. Call Tim Perry, DDS at (318) 516-1700 to learn more today.


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