Dental crowns are truly a miracle of dentistry. They allow us to protect the surface of your tooth and allow you to have a uniform cosmetic look with a healthy smile. Did you know that dental crowns can be made of different materials? Here is some information about the different materials crowns can be made of.
Crowns have been used for centuries. In fact, there is evidence of crown use on teeth that is over a thousand years old. Crowns are used all of time to cover and protect teeth that have been damaged. You may have chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth. You might have injured and discolored a tooth. Sometimes a tooth is weak because of tooth decay. Crowns can fix all of those issues.
In the past, crowns were made of gold, and only wealthy people could afford them. They were considered a kind of status symbol in fact. However, gold crowns are not a popular as they used to be. The metal is soft, which makes gold crowns inefficient at protecting teeth. Many people also want their crowns to blend in with their other teeth, instead of standing out. Crowns also used to be made of silver, which is a cheaper alternative to gold. However, silver is just as soft as gold, which makes them imperfect for protecting your teeth.
You may want to consider a composite crown or a porcelain crown. Composite crowns are cheaper than porcelain, and they are durable. Composite crowns are made of different materials depending on who makes them, but they are effective at protecting your teeth. Porcelain crowns are perhaps the best option for many people. Porcelain crowns look like real teeth, and they are strong. Porcelain crowns are also long lasting.
Do you have questions about crowns and how they are used? Why not give us a call today, and let us give you more information about crowns, what they are used for, and the materials we use to make them.