Dental Crown Options
At some point, damaged teeth might require a dental crown, or cap. Dental crowns cover, strengthen, align, and improve the overall appearance of the tooth. Once crowns are in place, they must be removed by a dentist. Dentists will first make an impression of the tooth to ensure the crown fits properly. Patients in need of a dental crown have four main options:
- Ceramic (Porcelain Material): Great option for front teeth because they blend well with natural color of teeth, but are used for back teeth as well. There are several different types of ceramics available for use.
- Porcelain-Fused Metal: Extremely durable option and the addition of metal allows for great adaptation and fit.
- Gold Alloys: The combination of gold and other bio-friendly metals create a strong bond that is much kinder to the opposing teeth and less tooth structure needs to be removed to fit the crown.
Differences in Dental Crown Options
Your dentist will determine the type of crown material needed on an individual-to-individual basis. Several factors come into play when deciding which is right for you. Just to name a few; esthetics, whether or not you grind your teeth, and space available to top the list. Durability is another important factor, but is often not an issue once the proper material is chosen for your particular circumstance.
As long as they are properly taken care of, dental crowns can last forever. Brushing, flossing, and regular check ups will ensure the healthiest crowns possible. Be sure to discuss which crown option is best for you with your dentist.