Dental crowns are essentially prosthetic teeth. A dental crown can be fastened atop a damaged tooth, or it can be fastened atop a dental implant – which is a screw that has been surgically inserted into the jawbone in place of a missing tooth. A dental implant and dental crown together fully replace a previous tooth, providing full capability for chewing, speaking, and jaw integrity.
There are several different types of dental crowns. The material which you choose has its advantages, and it also impacts its longevity and cost:
All-Resin Dental Crown
All-resin dental crowns are one of the least-expensive options for a tooth replacement, since resin is a relatively inexpensive material. However, all-resin dental crowns tend to wear down easily and can even break.
Metal Dental Crown
Another relatively inexpensive option is a dental crown which is made of metal, and these are highly durable. However, metal is not a good option for patients who have metal sensitivities. Your doctor can explain this option to you and assess your viability for it if you would like to consider metal crowns.
Porcelain Ceramic Dental Crown
Ceramic dental crowns are made of tough, attractive porcelain. This is usually the material which is used to restore front teeth due to its natural white color and smooth texture, so it easily blends with the rest of your teeth. Ceramic is not suitable for teeth that are used in heavy biting forces like molars.
Gold dental crowns are actually a combination of other metals such as copper, nickel, or chromium. Gold crowns are strong and highly durable, and they do not break.
For damaged or missing molars, a gold crown is a great option. However, many people do not like the look of gold-colored dental crowns, but others do – so it’s a matter of taste.
Zirconia Dental Crown
A relatively new material for dental crowns, zirconia creates a look similar to porcelain but with the strength of metal. Zirconia dental crowns create a clean and natural look, making it a popular choice among patients.
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Dental crowns can restore your normal tooth function and help create a beautiful smile. If you have damaged or missing teeth, talk to Dr. Ari Binder about what would be the best type of dental crowns for you.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Binder here at 360 Dental, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (541) 689-1645 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you and your whole family have healthy, beautiful smiles!