When it comes to dental crowns, you shouldn't adopt a "one size fits all" philosophy. Depending on which tooth needs the crown, your dentist may recommend different crown materials or types. You'll need to discuss crown types with your dentist before undergoing your procedure. The crowns you and your dentist choose will be based on many factors, including your own personal preference. Here are some different types of dental crowns to consider when choosing a treatment option.
While you may not choose gold crowns as a treatment option for your front teeth, they may be one of the best choices for your back teeth. They are extremely strong and durable and can hold up to forceful biting and chewing.
They will not break, crack, or chip, and out of all of the materials used to make crowns, gold and other metal crowns typically last the longest. Gold crowns are also gentle to the uncrowned teeth that are next to them. Gold alloy crowns will not harm adjacent teeth because the surface of gold is similar to that of your natural tooth enamel. Because gold is malleable and easy for your dental lab to work with, these crowns fit very precisely.
Combined Material Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns give you the best of both worlds. They offer the strength of metal and the aesthetic appeal of porcelain. The inner part of this type of crown is comprised of a strong metal alloy. The inner metal part of the crown is covered by a porcelain "jacket" so that it looks natural. While porcelain fused to metal crowns are appropriate for your front teeth, like gold crowns, they are strong enough for your back teeth.
It is important to note, that while combined metal crowns have very few drawbacks, the underlying part of the metal edge of the crown may be visible if you have gum recession. Porcelain fused to metal crowns may be more costly than plain porcelain crowns but your dental insurance may pay for them.
Whichever type of crown you choose, keep in mind that for your back teeth, it is best to choose the crowns that are made with the strongest material so that they don't crack when you bite down or chew.
To learn more about which dental crown treatment is right for you, make an appointment with your dentist, who will examine your teeth before recommending a treatment plan.