Dental crowns are a common dental procedure that many people undergo in their lifetime. Crowns are used here at Swansboro Family Dentistry to restore teeth that have been damaged or lost and can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and metal alloys. This article explores the types of dental crowns you can choose from. They include:
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
This type of crown comprises two parts - a sturdy metal base and a thin layer of porcelain that is fused to the top. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are very strong and durable, making them ideal for teeth subjected to a lot of wear and tear, such as molars. While we can also use them on front teeth, they may not look as natural as other crowns.
Porcelain crowns are made entirely of porcelain and are a popular choice for front teeth. They are very natural-looking and can be matched to the color of your other teeth. Porcelain crowns also require less tooth preparation than other types of dental crowns, making them a good option if you have limited healthy tooth tissue remaining. Additionally, they are very durable and can last for many years.
Gold is a durable material that has been used in dentistry for many years. Gold crowns are especially strong and can last up to 25 years with proper care. However, they may not be the best choice for people who have allergies to gold or those who want a more subtle appearance. Gold crowns are also the most expensive type of dental crown.
Metal Alloys Crowns
Metal alloys combine different metals, including silver, copper, and nickel. Metal alloy crowns are strong and durable and can last for many years with proper care. They are also less expensive than gold crowns. However, they may not be as aesthetically pleasing as other types of dental crowns. If you are allergic to certain metals, you may also be allergic to metal alloy crowns.
All-resin crowns are made entirely of plastic, making them a good choice for people who have allergies to metals. They are also the least expensive type of dental crown and can be completed in a single visit. However, they are not as strong or durable as other dental crowns and may not last as long.
Ceramic (cosmetic) Crowns
Ceramic crowns are made of ceramic material and are good for people who want a natural-looking dental crown. They are also quite an expensive type of cosmetic dental crown. Ceramic crowns require more tooth preparation than other types of dental crowns, so they may not be the best option if you have limited healthy tooth tissue remaining. Additionally, they may not be as strong or durable as other types of dental crowns.
No matter which type of dental crown you choose, our team at Swansboro Family Dentistry is here to help you every step of the way. We will work with you to find the best option for your individual needs and ensure that your new crown looks and feels great! For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 910-421-3022! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!