Types of Dental Crowns
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM) - Dental Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look like natural teeth and are stronger than ceramic crowns. PFM crowns can be matched to your natural teeth so they provide an attractive appearance. However, the porcelain portion can be chipped off and the underlying metal can peer through as a dark line. Stronger than all-porcelain crowns, PFM crowns also wear down, and can show more of the dark line as the gum recedes. PFM crowns are a good choice for front or back teeth as they are strong enough and aesthetically pleasing
Porcelain Crowns (metal free)
These crowns have superior aesthetics as compared to PFM crowns, and commonly placed for anterior teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures replace missing teeth and their adjacent tissues with a removable dental appliance made of acrylic resin and, in some cases, a combination of metals.
What are the different types of dentures?
There are four primary types of dentures:
- Complete: This type of denture replaces all of the teeth and their adjacent tissues.
- Partial: Partial dentures act as dental bridges as they "bridge" the gap between a missing tooth or teeth.
- Conventional: Conventional dentures allow a recovery time of about 4 to 8 weeks after all the teeth are extracted before the dentures are placed in the mouth.
- Immediate: This type of denture does not allow a healing period after all of the teeth are removed. The denture is immediately fit into the mouth after all teeth are removed. Additional adjustments in the fitting of this type of denture procedure may be necessary as healing occurs.
Oral health care and dentures:
- Daily remove and brush the denture carefully with a brush and toothpaste, both specifically designed for denture cleaning.
- Avoid the use of harsh abrasive cleaners on your denture.
- Avoid cleaning and/or sterilizing your denture in boiling water, or damage to the denture is likely to occur.
- If a partial denture is in place, remove it before brushing the natural teeth.
- Once removed, keep the denture in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
- Once removed, soak the denture in a proper cleansing solution or water.
- Have your teeth cleaned every 6 months by an oral health professional