Types of Dental Crowns

Since 1975, Charles Zebe, DMD, has treated patients with a wide array of oral health issues at his private practice, Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey. One treatment that Dr. Charles Zebe uses for both restorative and cosmetic purposes is the placement of dental crowns.

A crown is a tooth restoration that completely covers a tooth and is used to treat decayed or broken teeth. Also used cosmetically, crowns can be placed to give oddly shaped or stained teeth a more aesthetically pleasing shape and color. There are three main types of crowns: metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-ceramic.

Because of their conspicuous appearance, metal crowns are often used on baby teeth or molars rather than on permanent front teeth. Strong enough to withstand heavy chewing forces, metal crowns rarely break and can be made from gold or less expensive base metal alloys.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a metal base but are covered with porcelain materials that are shaded to match the patient’s surrounding teeth. These types of crowns are more natural looking than metal and stronger than all-ceramic crowns, but they often show a dark edge along the gumline and can cause opposing teeth to wear.

All-ceramic crowns are made of natural-looking, light-reflective porcelain materials for optimal cosmetic appeal. While they offer slightly less strength and durability than other types of crowns, they offer the best aesthetics, especially for front teeth.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Charles Zebe, DMD, has undergone hundreds of hours of advanced education beyond dental school to gain expertise in state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry procedures. His education, experience, and compassionate manner have made Dr. Charles Zebe a sought-after provider of dental implant crowns in the Mercerville, New Jersey, area.

Dental implants are the most advanced method of tooth replacement, offering stability and a natural feel unmatched by dentures. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for implants, however. Patients considering the procedure need to have healthy gums and enough dense bone tissue in the jaw to support the implants. Those without adequate bone tissue may still be good candidates for implants if they first undergo a grafting procedure to rebuild the alveolar bone.

Patients who wish to have implants placed must also have a strong commitment to keeping their teeth and gums healthy with diligent oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits. Smokers are not ideal candidates because smoking inhibits proper healing and is a major cause of dental implant failure.

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hemophilia, or immune disorders may prevent a patient from undergoing implant placement, but a lot depends on the severity of the condition and how well it is controlled. The implant dentist evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis to determine candidacy.

Dental Malpractice: What Counts and What Doesn’t, by Dr. Charles Zebe

Like other forms of medical malpractice lawsuits, dental malpractice claims arise when a dentist seriously injures a patient as a result of inappropriate or inadequate procedures, whether or not the dentist was aware of his or her actions. Performing treatment that exceeds the decided-upon procedures (completing a surprise root canal during a routine cleaning, for example), can also result in a malpractice claim, as can the failure to report serious oral diseases to the patient.

However, many patients attempt to file malpractice charges when they are simply unhappy with the results of their visit. Unsatisfactory procedures rarely fall under the category of malpractice, as no dentist can guarantee that every patient will be thoroughly satisfied. For instance, a lawsuit filed against a dentist whose whitening procedure did not reach the client’s expectations would not stand up in court.

About the author: A family dentist with more than 37 years of experience, Charles Zebe, DMD, is the owner of the New Jersey private practice Accurate Dental Group. With a medical career that began in 1975, Dr. Zebe is pre-qualified as an expert witness in dental malpractice cases.