We help you select the best type of dental crown that can assure optimal oral health & facial aesthetics.
If you’ve come across an accident or any other physical injury that has damaged your tooth, a dental crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance, and function. Millions of people across the United States and worldwide undergo a dental crown procedure to replace a missing tooth or strengthen a weakened tooth. So, what exactly is a dental crown?
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a long-term cosmetic restoration, which holds the teeth together. It is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The dental crown prevents further damage and restores the tooth health. It looks very much like a natural tooth and maintains the facial aesthetics of a person. According to the individual cases, there are several types of crowns for teeth available, but which one is the best crown for your teeth needs to be decided by the patient and dental expert.
Types Of Dental Crown For Teeth
Dental crowns are made of four different types of materials.
- Ceramic (Porcelain-based)
These type of crowns are made from pure ceramic or reinforced composite resin and are a popular choice among dental experts. They offer excellent resemblance to natural teeth and are highly resistant to wear and tear. The ceramic crown is considered as the best type of dental crown for front teeth restoration. A color shade guide is available and the dental expert can easily select the closest color to natural teeth. One of the drawbacks of ceramic material is that it may be brittle under heavy biting.
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns
These type of crowns have a metallic sub-structure that make it resistant to cracks or physical damages, while the outer porcelain layer gives it a natural & aesthetic look. It prevents leakage and reduces recurring dental decay. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are strong and durable and can be color-matched to natural teeth. However, the metallic sub-structure is visible as a dark line near the gum line of the crown as the gum starts to recede.
- Gold Alloys crowns
Gold alloy crowns consist of gold, copper and other metals. They provide a stronger material that adheres to the tooth structure. Considered as the best type of dental crown, it is highly durable among all crowns and can handle chewing and heavy biting, while posing minimal risk of physical damage. The material is highly compatible with the biological features of gum tissue. One of the stark features of gold alloy is its visibility and are most suitable for molar teeth present in the back of the mouth.
- Base metal alloys crowns
Made of non-noble metals like Palladium, base metal alloys offer excellent strength to the crown and tooth. They are highly resistant to wear & tear and are gentle to opposing teeth. A dental expert, while preparing dental crown using base metal alloys, would remove a minimal amount of healthy tooth structure in comparison to other crowns.
There are multiple options for dental crowns. A prosthodontist will be in excellent position to determine the best crown for your teeth, which can cover the tooth, enhance the appearance and make your smile brighter and healthier.