Everything will eventually undergo a little wear and tear when used for a period of time, our teeth being no exception.
Whether due to tooth decay, poor dental hygiene, or unfortunate accidents, your teeth can get severely damaged. When teeth fracture, chip, or break, an artificial dental crown can be placed to prevent further damage.
Composed of metals, ceramics, or composite resin, dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are fitted on top of damaged teeth to restore their natural function and look.
If your dentist has recommended you get a dental crown, you must know the basics before making a decision. With so many options available, it can become difficult to choose the right fit for you. Luckily, a brief guide to the different types of dental crowns will help you make the right choice.
Metal and Gold Crowns
Metallic dental crowns come in different colours and forms, including gold, platinum, and base metals such as nickel-chromium and cobalt.
Since they’re made of such a durable material, they last much longer in terms of wear and tear, while also withstanding great biting and chewing forces. Depending on the position of the damaged tooth, dental professionals will suggest a gold crown as a restoration option as it’s the sturdiest and will last the longest.
However, one of their biggest drawbacks is their colour, which doesn’t match the appearance of natural teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
For a more natural-looking restoration option, porcelain infused into metal dental crowns is the best solution.
By combining the durability of metal and the white colour of porcelain, you get the best of both worlds.
This type of dental crown can be custom-made to match your teeth’s natural colour, allowing you to regain your beautiful, white smile once again.
It should be noted that porcelain is less sturdy than its metal counterpart, which makes it more susceptible to chipping or breaking.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are mainly used as a temporary solution or for restoring primary teeth in children.
If a child’s baby teeth are susceptible to tooth decay, a stainless steel crown is made to protect the tooth until it falls out. On permanent teeth, they are used to protect a tooth filling until a crown can be made and fitted.
SSCs can also be used as a substitute for normal or amalgam cavity fillings. This is a cost-effective and quick solution for anyone waiting for a more permanent solution.
Dental Crown Treatment
Restorative dentistry is continuously evolving, providing us with more innovative and durable tooth replacement solutions that everyone can enjoy.
Dental professionals will consider a few key factors, including the location and function of the tooth and your biting force when deciding what type of crown is the best fit for you.
Our experts at Yazdani Family Dentistry have made it their mission to provide the highest quality of service to all of our clients. We work hard to make sure you get the best outcomes possible and leave with a big smile on your face.
Get in touch with us to learn more about dental crowns and book your consultation today.