Used for restorative dental care and cosmetic reasons, dental crowns can be used to fix cracked or worn teeth, support dental bridges, replace a missing tooth or teeth, and be attached to dental implants. Also used for restoration after a dental root canal, dental crowns are a vital part of restorative dentistry.
What Dental Crowns are Made From
Dental crowns can be made from a number of different materials such as resin, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, stainless steel, and gold. The material you and your dentist select can be decided in part due to the location of the tooth, just how much of your natural tooth is still remaining, and how visible the crown will be each time that you smile. Strength and durability is another factor that will be considered.
Popular and natural, matching the color of your natural teeth, porcelain crowns - also known as ceramic crowns, are hand-crafted by a dental technician. They’re a great option for patients who are allergic to metal, as well as offering that attractive, natural look.
CEREC 1-day Crowns
CAD/CAM technology offers our patients the same high quality porcelain as traditionally made crowns - in just one day. Instead of waiting to receive porcelain crowns crafted from a dental lab,
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
This type of crown is also made from porcelain, matched to your natural teeth for a matching appearance. Beneath the porcelain, underlying metal may form a thin dark line at the base of the crown. This type of crown can be the most long-lasting and it is most often used when there’s a need for the strongest type of restoration.
Traditionally metal crowns are all gold, but other metal material includes zirconia, which is highly durable and natural in tooth color. These crowns are also exceedingly strong, and most often employed for use with back teeth.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are usually no longer utilized due to both their noticeability and the many advantages of other types of crown materials. However, stainless steel crowns may be offered to children at pediatric dental offices, for use on baby teeth.
Constructed from composite material similar to your actual tooth color, all resin crowns are considered the least costly crown material but also the least durable material option.
Ready to Learn More About Dental Crowns?
If you need a crown, the Dental Wellness Team is here to help. We’re experienced and skilled in cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques including the application of crowns.
So, if you’re ready to schedule a visit or just learn more about crowns, give us a call and reach out to us today. We’ll make sure your smile both stays healthy and looks great!