Dental crowns are common enough that most people recognize the basic concepts of what they do. However, unless you’ve had one placed recently, you might not realize just how much today’s modern dental crowns can do, or the wide variety of choice you have when it comes to restoring your tooth. From choosing the right material for your crown (such as lifelike dental porcelain) to choosing the right type (partial or full), we can help you simultaneously restore, improve, and preserve your tooth with optimal results.

Completely covering your tooth with a full crown

A full dental crown is the more common form of dental crowns, and it’s designed to completely cover the tooth being restored (hence the name full crown). Full, or complete, dental crowns are designed to closely mimic the healthy, natural size and shape of your tooth’s crown, allowing it to fully restore the tooth’s health, strength, and function. Depending on your personal needs and preferences, your crown might be crafted from metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two (known as porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM).

Minimizing your treatment with a partial crown

The point of any dental crown is largely to restore your tooth’s strength and integrity. Sometimes, however, that doesn’t necessarily require capping the tooth’s entire crown, or modifying enough tooth structure to accommodate a full restoration. Instead, we might recommend placing a partial dental crown on the tooth, which only covers and restores the portion of the tooth that’s damaged. Often referred to as inlays or onlays, depending on how much of the tooth structure is covered, a partial crown offers optimal restoration and tooth preservation by providing much more personalized treatment.

Saving your tooth by choosing the right crown

Dental crowns have long been known for their ability to help restore teeth, and today’s variety of partial and full dental crowns help ensure they provide conservative results for a wide variety of tooth concerns. This helps optimize your treatment in several important ways, such as helping you preserve a maximum amount of your healthy, natural tooth structure. Because partial crowns don’t completely cap teeth, they don’t require as extensive preparation as a full dental crown. This also helps maximize the natural strength and integrity of the tooth, improving its long-term health and reducing your risks of needing more extensive treatment for the tooth later.

Learn more about partial and full dental crowns

By choosing the right partial or full dental crown, we can restore your smile in a more conservative and lifelike manner. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.