If you need a dental crown, you're not the only one. There are at least 15 million Americans that are in the same boat you are. That means they also needed a dental crown at one time. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, or if you are undergoing a root canal, you are going to need a crown to cover and protect your tooth and keep it strong. You may know about crowns, but did you know there are different types of crowns? Here is some information about different types of crowns that are available.
Ceramic crowns are usually used to fix front teeth. They are made of dental porcelain, so they blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are a good choice for the front teeth, because they aren't responsible for a lot of chewing. Ceramic crowns are also resistant to ordinary wear and tear. However, you need to know that ceramic crowns aren't as strong as the other crown options you have.
Porcelain Over a Metal Cap
This is probably the most common option for dental crowns. These crowns are made of dental porcelain that is fused to a metal cap for added strength. Porcelain over metal crowns are the most durable crown we offer. They are very resistant to wear and do a great job protecting your tooth, even if it is cracked, broken or diseased.
If you have tender teeth, you may want to think about a crown made with a metal alloy. These crowns are also wear-resistant. But one advantage of metal alloys is that the metal is gentle on the neighboring teeth, which is an attractive option. Metal crowns offer a good seal for your tooth as well against leaks. One type of metal crown is a gold alloy crown. Gold has been the choice for crowns for a long time because the crown is durable, gentle on the teeth around the crown, and it is hard to fracture them.
Want to learn more about dental crowns and how they could benefit you? Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!