Do Dental Crowns Discolor?

November 4, 2017

Dentist talking to patient about dental crownsWhen patients experience tooth decay or damage too advanced to repair with more conservative treatments like tooth-colored fillings, they may need a dental crown. If properly cared for, these restorations can last a long time, but the appearance of the dental crown will change over time depending on the material you and your dentist choose. Keep reading to learn more about how dental crowns can discolor over time.

What Dental Crowns are Made Of

Dental crowns can be crafted from a variety of materials, and they all offer their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Some of the materials used most often include:

  • Gold – this material offers strength and durability. Additionally, it does not cause excessive wear to opposing teeth like other materials can. However, gold crowns are the most noticeable looking within the smile line, and they can darken over time.
  • Porcelain fused to metal – when initially placed, porcelain fused to gold and other metals look natural, but they darken over time as the porcelain wears away. Additionally, the porcelain may cause additional wear against opposing teeth.
  • All-ceramic– crafted entirely from tooth-colored ceramic, these restorations maintain their natural appearance throughout the life of the crown. Durable and stain resistant, all-ceramic crowns are the most popular option for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile and those who have damaged front teeth.

Cosmetic Appearance of Dental Crowns

The appearance of your dental crown will be maintained longest with thorough daily oral hygiene and regular dental office visits. However, the only way to ensure your restoration looks natural throughout the life of the crown is to choose an all-ceramic restoration.

When we Recommend Dental Crown Restoration

We will recommend patients receive a dental crown in a variety of situations including:

  • Severe decay or damage that cannot be repaired with a tooth-colored filling or other more conservative solutions
  • To strengthen a root canal treated tooth and protect it from additional damage
  • To replace a dental filling that has broken away or otherwise been lost
  • To cosmetically correct a flawed or irregularly shaped tooth
  • As part of dental crown supported fixed bridge tooth replacement
  • To replace a single missing tooth when attached to a dental implant

Meet Dr. Gerber

At the Tyler dental office of Keith O. Gerber, DDS, we are dedicated to helping patients receive the high quality, long lasting dental restorations they deserve. Whether you’ve experienced severe tooth decay or damage, want to conceal cosmetic flaws, or you need to replace missing teeth, dental crowns are a versatile dental restoration to renew your smile. At Gentle Dental Care of Tyler, we offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services that keep patients smiling. If you want to find out more or schedule an appointment, contact our Tyler dentist and team today.

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