April 29, 2022
Dental crowns have had commonplace in dentistry for generations. They are a tried and proven method of protecting or repairing a compromised tooth. A custom-made cap is placed over the entire surface above the gum line. You may be picturing a dark metal restoration; however, modern crowns can be made of various materials, but which is best? Here’s how to choose the right material for your smile.
Many people prefer gold because it is durable and the least reactive of all metals. It’s often used for molars because it is gentle, but it can withstand the pressure of grinding and clenching from bruxism. It can be a more conservative treatment because gold crowns are thin, so you’ll preserve more of your tooth’s structure.
Although gold has its advantages, it may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing option. Not to mention, some patients may have an allergy to the metal.
Modern restorations are made of porcelain because it closely mimics the appearance of real teeth. Porcelain crowns can be customized to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth to blend in with your smile. They are completely metal-free, so you won’t have to worry about any metal allergies. They also don’t conduct heat or cold well to avoid tooth sensitivity.
Porcelain crowns are durable, but they can break from excessive pressure, like clenching your teeth habitually. They are most often recommended for the teeth most visible when smiling, but they are also a great option for molars.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a combination of the previous materials. An inner shell is made of metal, like gold or silver. It’s covered by porcelain to look natural. They often have more strength than all-ceramic restorations, but there’s a risk for allergic reactions. Your gum line may also discolor over time.
Composite dental crowns are popular because of their durability and strength. The same resin material used for tooth-colored fillings can be used to make a crown. It’s often recommended for patients who are sensitive to other materials. It’s an affordable, convenient method to preserve a tooth, but it may not have the same lifespan as other materials.
Which Dental Crown Material is Right for Me?
There are more materials to choose from than ever, but not all will fit your needs. You won’t have to make the decision alone because your dentist will be by your side. They’ll explain all your options, including their pros, cons, and costs. When choosing a material, it is best to focus on quality instead of price to ensure your crown lasts for a decade or longer.
About Dr. Gary Rosenfeld
Dr. Rosenfeld has over 35 years of experience in dentistry. As a lifelong learner, he regularly continues his training to provide up-to-date services. He is a member of various professional organizations because of his dedication to excellence, including the Academy of General Dentistry. If you need a dental crown, choose a dentist with experience you can trust. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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