Types Of Dental Crowns

5 February 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


So, you've just been to the dentist, and he says that you have a cavity and need to get a crown put on. As uncomfortable as the process is, you know it's for the best. Your dentist may, however, have given you the choice of crown. Here is a quick overview of what to consider when choosing the material type of your dental crown.

First things first, here are four types of dental crowns that you can choose from: ceramic, porceline-fused to metal, gold alloys, ad base metal alloys. Each one has benefits and problems depending on when and where it is used.

Ceramic dental crowns are the most often used on younger patients. They are about the same colour as natural tooth enamel and as such are popular when one is fixing front teeth that will be seen. This is a porcelain-based material, so it isn't as durable as some of the other varieties.

Porcelain-fused to metal dental crowns will give a better bond than just porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. This is also more durable than the ceramic dental crown. However, it does require more of the tooth to be removed than the ceramic crown.

Gold alloy dental crowns are just as the name suggests, a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals. This gives a very strong bond to the tooth, and will not break like the ceramic will. It requires quite a bit of tooth to be removed to insert it, but once it is inserted, it will not wear away at the tooth like other dental crowns. However, they are very noticeable.

Base metal alloy dental crowns are as the name suggests, being made up of a mixture of non-corrosive metals. These are incredibly strong as well, making them the prime choice for fillings that are farther back in the mouth where the power of the jaw resides. As well, this type of dental crown requires the least amount of tooth to be removed. It is just as noticeable as the gold crown however.

So, if you have a small filling that is at the front of your mouth, you might want to consider a ceramic or porcelain-fused to metal dental crown. On the other hand, if you have a larger filling near the rear of your mouth, you may want to look into metal fillings, be they gold or otherwise.

For dental crowns, contact a company such as A Q Denture Services.