Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are used for many different oral health care issues. They can also be made out of a bunch of different materials. Which material should you choose for your dental crowns? Dr. Ayzin will work with you on an individual basis to make the right choice for your needs.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is also known as a dental cap. It can be used for a variety of different restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. It’s commonly used to top off a dental implant. It’s also used to give stability back to a cracked tooth or as a cover for a tooth that is discolored. In addition, dental crowns can help strengthen teeth and prevent wear and tear.
What’s the Dental Crown Process?
To get a dental crown, the dentist will file some of the enamel off of your tooth to ensure the crown fits the way it should. Dental impressions are taken and used in the creation of a custom dental crown to complement your smile. You’ll often receive a temporary crown, as the permanent one will need to be made in a dental lab. When the permanent crown is complete, it will be permanently affixed to your tooth. If properly taken care of, they can last for up to 15 years!
Dental Crown Materials
Dental crowns can be made of a variety of different materials. Stainless steel is the most economical option, but may not be the most aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain ceramic is the complete opposite. These are more expensive, but they look the most like real teeth. With zirconium, it’s a strong material that’s a bright, shiny white.
A gold and metal alloy is commonly used for crowns on molars, as they can’t be seen as much in the back of the mouth. They’re strong and durable, taking on the duty of biting and chewing with no issue. The last option is porcelain fused with metal. This gives you the benefits of both durability and blending in with the rest of your teeth.
Which Dental Crown is the Best Choice?
With so many options, it can be hard to know which one to choose. If you’re looking for a durable, economical option, metals are usually the way to go. But if you need the crown to blend in with the rest of your teeth, like if the dental crown will be in the front of your mouth, porcelain or zirconium are preferable. Your dentist can provide input, but the choice is ultimately up to you.
Dentistry At Its Finest is proud to offer our experience in dental crowns. If you’re ready to get the smile you want, call us today or schedule an appointment online!