Dental crowns, also known as Cosmetic Crowns are tooth-shaped caps used to restore your tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. There are several types of crowns that can be used, including ceramic, porcelain, base metal, gold alloys and stainless steel. Sometimes, a combination of these materials may be used to make dental crowns to achieve the desired strength and results.
Here we have explained the major dental crowns to have a better understanding of its types:
Ceramic Dental Crown: A ceramic crown is made of a porcelain-based filling material that is used for restoring your front teeth. A dentist usually recommends it due to its ability to blend with the natural colour of your teeth. If you’re allergic to metal-based crowns, the all-ceramic crown is the best choice.
Porcelain-fused to the metal crown: It can provide your tooth with a stronger bond than regular porcelain. Because it is connected to a metal structure. It is highly preferred due to its nature of extreme durability.
Gold Dental Crown: Another dental crown which can provide your tooth with a strong bond is made of Gold Alloys. This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. It doesn’t wear off easily nor does it fracture itself. Due to aesthetic reasons, Gold crowns are not as popular as all-ceramic crowns. But they are useful for people who have a strong bite or tend to grind their teeth.
Base Metal Crown: A full base metal crown contains non-noble metals such as nickel, chromium or beryllium and varying amounts of silver and palladium or titanium. This crown is primarily used when the strength of metal is needed, and when repair is needed outside the smile zone. They are also high in resistance to corrosion and wear, gentle on opposing teeth and durable against impact.
Stainless Steel Crown: The stainless steel crowns are often used for children’s teeth because they don’t require multiple dental visits. These are used more like a cost-effective option than custom-made crowns. Dental patients of all ages can use it and for a variety of reasons. In addition to protecting your teeth, they can fill in gaps and can gift you with a beautiful smile.
Why do you need Dental Crowns?
There are millions of people across the globe who have had a dental crown to replace a missing tooth or strengthen a weakened tooth. Your dentist may recommend that you undergo dental crown procedures for one of the several reasons;
- If you have a broken or worn down tooth
- Have a weakened enamel structure
- Have a tooth missing
- Support a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge firmly in place
- Have a root canal completed
- Make a cosmetic modification for a more pleasing smile
Crowns are made by taking an impression of the tooth or teeth they’ll be covering. Before this impression is created, your dentist will first reduce your tooth’s size so that the crown fits properly. Your dentist may also place a temporary crown while the permanent one is being made. In the process of making a crown, the material is often coloured to blend in with your natural teeth. The crowns, when cemented into place can fully encase the entire visible portion of your tooth which lies at and above the gum line.
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