What are Crowns?
Dental crowns are prosthetic tooth covers which are adhered to a patient’s tooth or used to top dental implants. Crowns are not removable. The purpose of a crown is to cap or cover a decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns can also help teeth look straighter and can improve its overall appearance. Crowns are usually made from porcelain or ceramic and can be matched to the color of a person’s other teeth to provide a natural-looking result.
Why are Crowns Used?
Crowns are used by dentists to:
- Cover a tooth which has had a root canal
- Replace a large filling
- Cover a discolored or misshaped tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Protect a weak tooth
Crowns can last for a very long time when cared for properly. However, they can become loose or fall off. If this happens the dentist can replace or repair it.
What are E-max Crowns?
An E-max crown is a form of ceramic crown which is preferred by many patients because it provides a superior aesthetic appeal and can last longer. These types of crowns are constructed from a block of lithium disilicate ceramic which is an especially high-grade material known for its toughness and durability. These look more natural because the have superior color matching qualities and the ceramic looks more like a natural tooth. The transparent coloring makes the E-max crown a popular choice and it blends in very well with the surrounding teeth. These crowns also do not use metal alloys. This gets rid of the greyish line around the bottom of the crown at the gum line. It is also very unlikely that they will crack or chip. To determine which type of crown will suit your need and to determine if E-max crowns are an option, talk to the dentist about what problems you are having and what type of insurance you use.