There are numerous dental crown materials available for patients seeking to restore the function, shape, and appearance of a damaged or weakened tooth. Each material has its own advantages and potential drawbacks. The choice of material depends on the purpose of the crown and the tooth it will protect.
Types of Dental Crown Materials
Several types of dental crown materials exist, each offering unique benefits for individual patients. Common options include porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-metal, gold, and ceramic crowns.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns come highly recommended by many dentists due to their combination of metal and porcelain elements. They are stronger than porcelain crowns and blend in more naturally with surrounding teeth than metal crowns. This type of crown works well for both front and back teeth. However, one drawback is that the metal portion may be partially visible when smiling.
Metal or Gold Crowns
Metal and gold crowns are known for their durability. Metal crowns can be made from different types of metal alloys such as chromium and nickel-chromium. Gold crowns are even more durable than metal-alloy crowns. Both types are highly resistant to chewing pressure, making them suitable for posterior teeth. However, they are more apparent due to their different shade compared to natural teeth, so they may be less ideal for more visible teeth.
Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns
Ceramic crowns are an excellent choice for front teeth as they can closely match the shade of natural teeth. However, they are not as durable as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. If used on teeth primarily responsible for chewing and crushing food, ceramic crowns may not hold up well over time.
Choosing the Best Option
Each dental crown material offers its own unique benefits. The choice depends on the treatment goals and the specific tooth or teeth requiring the crown. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are often recommended as they provide a combination of aesthetically pleasing appearance and good durability.
When durability is the primary concern, metal-alloy or gold crowns are preferable. Ceramic crowns are often the best option for patients seeking primarily cosmetic improvements. Ultimately, it is essential to discuss all available options with a general dentist to determine the most suitable material.
Consult with a Dentist about Dental Crowns
At our dental practice, we offer dental crown treatment and can assist patients in selecting the best material during a consultation. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial visit.
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