Dental Crown Materials
Dental crowns are widely used by cosmetic dentist Clint Newman. That is because they can correct a wide array of dental problems. Teeth that are damaged, weakened, lost, or severely flawed cosmetically can all be restored by the placement of a dental crown. The dental crown completely encompasses the tooth, adding strength and security while simultaneously improving the aesthetics of the smile.
If Dr. Newman has recommended dental crowns treatment, a decision will need to be made regarding what type of dental crown will be used. While porcelain crowns are the most popular type of dental crown used at Dr. Newman’s practice, there are several dental crown materials to consider. A brief description of each of the types of dental crowns can be found below.
- Metal: A metal crown, which is fabricated using metal alloy, is one of the strongest options for dental crowns and one of the most affordable dental crowns available as well. However, the obvious disadvantage of metal crowns is the appearance, which stands out considerably against the natural tooth color. For this reason, metal crowns are often only recommended for use on teeth that are not easily visible, such as the back molars.
- Full porcelain or full ceramic: Dental crowns that are made entirely of ceramic or porcelain are the most visually appealing type of crown. They can be made to match the natural color and sheen of the teeth and can be molded to any shape or size. It is probably because of this that porcelain crowns are the most popular type of crown used at Dr. Newman’s practice. One downside to porcelain and ceramic crowns is that they are not as strong as metal crowns. They are likely to chip or wear down over time, especially if a patient is prone to habits such as nail biting, clenching, or grinding. Still, dental crowns made entirely of ceramic or porcelain are an excellent option for a patient who is allergic to metal or simply wishes to avoid the use of metal alloy in dental crowns.
- Porcelain fused to metal: A dental crown that is fabricated using porcelain fused to metal may actually be the best choice for many of our patients. This type of dental crown combines the advantages of both metal and porcelain crowns. The crown can be made to match the natural teeth that surround the damaged tooth, offering the aesthetic benefits of a porcelain crown. At the center of the crown is the metal material, which provides the strength and durability of a full metal crown. The porcelain fused to metal crown offers patients the best of both worlds.