Types of dental crowns

Dental crowns offer a protective layering to a weak tooth. The weakness may be caused due to decay, breakage, or physical trauma. The dental crown is often placed after a decayed tooth is cleaned and filled. It acts as a barrier for the newly filled tooth against pressure and heat.

The crown also protects the tooth from attack of bacteria present inside the mouth.

If your dentist has recommended a dental crown for your tooth-related ailments, we suggest you read about the different types of dental crowns and their benefits. This will help you decide which kind of crown is more suited to your requirements. Dentists in Westmont, IL offer the following types of dental crowns:

Ceramic Dental Crowns

  • These crowns are made of ceramic and resemble the appearance of a natural tooth. Because of this, they are often used as crowns for front teeth. They are however not fit for molars and pre-molars because ceramic can break when subjected to heavy chewing and biting.

Advantages

  • Due to the color and texture of ceramic, ceramic crowns blend in very well with natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are aesthetically pleasant.
  • Ceramic is a benign substance that does not cause allergies, unlike metal-based crowns.

Stainless Steel Crowns

  • Stainless steel crowns are used as a temporary quick fix. These crowns are produced on a large scale and are easily available. They are used as a short-term covering for a filling while the permanent crown is being prepared according to the patient’s requirements.

Stainless steel crowns are also used as a cover for children’s primary teeth which have decayed. Once the permanent tooth comes out, the stainless steel crown comes off easily along with the primary tooth.

Advantages

  • Stainless steel crowns are cheaper than tailor-made porcelain/ceramic crowns. They do not require a lot of sophistication and are manufactured on a large scale.
  • They are readily available.
  • They save the hassle of multiple dental visits in between fillings.

Metal or Gold Alloy Crowns

Metal crowns are quite popular because they have the ability to withstand high pressure and force of chewing and biting.  Metal crowns are usually made from gold, platinum, or alloys of cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium.

Of all dental crowns, metal crowns show minimum wear and tear with time. They are ideal for placement at molars. The downside of metal crowns is their high cost. They are also not aesthetically pleasing because the color of metal or gold is quite prominent and different from the natural color of teeth.

Advantages

  • They can withstand high pressure and force and do not fracture.
  • They are more long-lasting compared to other crowns.
  • Metal crowns do not corrode the underlying tooth and gum tissue. They are very safe to use.

Porcelain-Fused to Metal Crowns

These crowns are formed by the fusion of two substances: porcelain and metal. The outer body of the crown is made of ceramic. Ceramic makes the crown look natural and helps it blend with neighboring teeth without standing out.

The inner lining of the crown is done with metal which gives it durability and ability to sustain pressure. The downside of porcelain-fused to metal crown is that its placement requires the removal of some amount of tooth structure.

Advantages

  • These crowns have the best of both worlds. They are natural-looking and durable.
  • They can be placed on any tooth.

If you are in need of a dental crown, book an appointment with Celebrity Smiles to receive expert dental care.