Dental crowns are permanent caps that are placed over natural teeth. They fully cover the visible surfaces of a tooth and are typically used to enhance the size, shape, and appearance of the tooth. Crowns are made from various materials, and your dentist will determine which material is best suited for your particular situation. Here are some of the materials dental crowns are made from.
Ceramic, Porcelain, And Porcelain Combinations
Ceramic and porcelain are two of the most common materials used to make dental crowns. They look very natural, and the dental lab can precisely match the color of the crown to your natural teeth. These materials are appropriate for those who have allergies to the metals used in other types of crowns.
While ceramic and porcelain are both durable, crowns known as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are stronger. They are appropriate for back teeth because they can withstand the pressure exerted by chewing, and the metal components won't be as visible as they would be if they were on your front teeth.
Metal dental crowns are extremely strong and hardly ever break or chip. They don't wear down as quickly as porcelain and ceramic crowns can, and they can endure strong biting and chewing actions. Many people shy away from from metallic crowns because of how they look. While gold, chromium, palladium, stainless steel, or nickel metals may not be good choices for your visible teeth in the front or sides of your mouth, they are excellent choices for your back molars.
Gold crowns are very high quality; however, they may be the most expensive. Your dentist may recommend that you choose metal dental crowns instead of porcelain or ceramic crowns if you are a strong chewer or if you grind your teeth during sleep.
Other materials can crack or break, which can pose a choking hazard if you swallow one of the pieces while you are sleeping. Even if you are not aware of your teeth grinding and are unable to tell your dentist you grind your teeth, he or she will be able to tell during an examination. People who grind their teeth often have worn down dental enamel, and sometimes, receding gums.
If your teeth are uneven or stained or if you just want to improve your appearance, make an appointment with a dental team, such as the team at James V Bachman DMD. After a comprehensive examination, your dentist will determine which teeth need crowns and which material is most appropriate for your situation.