Types of Dental Crowns – Pros & Cons

A dental crown is an artificial cap that is customized to cover the tooth which gives a shape to the broken tooth and also strengthens it. Imagine passing a smile with a broken tooth or a missing tooth; looks odd, isn’t it? Thus, dental crowns also help to improve the appearance of the individual.

Dental Crown

Here are a few situations where a dental crown might be needed: 

  • To safeguard a weak tooth from breaking and also holding together the cracked tooth.
  • To restore a tooth that is worn down or is broken. dental crown
  • To strengthen the tooth that been filled earlier.
  • To support a dental bridge and keep it intact.
  • To support a dental implant.
  • To improve the appearance of the individual.

4 Types of Dental crown

There are temporary as well as permanent dental crowns to serve different purposes.

1. Stainless Steel Crowns 

They serve as a temporary measure on permanent teeth. They are used to protect the permanent crown that is made of different materials. Be it a permanent filling or a permanent crown, the stainless steel crown supports the primary tooth. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. These crowns are usually preferred for children’s teeth as they are cost-effective and can be set in a single visit to the doctor.

Metals that have a high presence of platinum, gold, nickel and chromium are taken into consideration to make the crowns. The major advantage of using the metal crown is that they can tolerate the chewing and biting pressure. The other benefit is metal crowns hardly chip or break down.
Pros of using Gold Metal
Crowns made of Gold Metal are strong enough to tolerate the bites.
Crowns that possess a high gold content offers better crown-to-tooth fit.
The crowns will be less exposed to wear and tear. 
Cons of All- Metal Crowns
They aren’t white in color and are very prompt when used for front teeth. Your teeth might be glittering when you smile. Thus, they are best used for molars.

2. Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal Dental Crowns

metal crownThey give a similar look like your natural teeth. Be it prompt yellow color, white, or slightly yellowish color, you can alter the color as per your natural teeth. The Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns might chip off or break down easily. If you are planning for a front dental crown or long bridges for strength, do consider Porcelain dental crown.

Pros of Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns

They have high endurance
These dental crowns are good for the front as well as the back teeth due to their high endurance. They are long-lasting.
They possess a natural look
They match with your teeth color and don’t stand out from the rest. 

Cons of using Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns

The dark line
The metal that is used underneath the porcelain surface appears as a dark line which might spoil the look of a crown.
Though the Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are durable, they might chip or break-off over a period of time.

3. All-Resin Dental Crowns

They are cheaper when compared to all other types of dental crowns. The resin dental crowns are subjected to fractures and they might wear down over a period of time.

4. All-Ceramic Or All-Porcelain Dental Crowns

If you are allergic to metal and are looking for a dental that would perfectly match your teeth color, all-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns must be preferred. They are mostly opted for front and back teeth.
Pros of using All-Ceramic Crowns ceamic crown
They are the best choice for restoring the teeth due to the translucent material. 
Cons of using All-Ceramic Crowns
If the crown is placed where more chewing is required, the ceramic metal may not be the right choice as the crown strength can be an issue. You can place the all-ceramic crowns for the front tooth. 
Temporary versus permanent
The temporary teeth can be easily crafted in the dentist’s clinic whereas the permanent crowns are designed in a dental laboratory. The stainless steel or an acrylic material is usually used for a temporary dental crown.

When you consult your dentist, you will be explained the different types of crowns. You are at liberty to choose the one that suits your need and budget. Yes, the charges vary depending on the material that you have chosen. You can contact Lygon Dental Family to know further details about dental crowns.

We are a complete dental solution provider in Australia to cater to both cosmetic and general dentistry needs. Our experienced surgeons will let you know the dental problem along with the solution. At Lygon Dental Family, we use modern tools and techniques to proceed with the treatment. Want to know more about our services?  Call us on (03) 9939 0323 or drop an email at info@lygonfamilydental.com.au.

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