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What Types of Material Are Used for Crowns?

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Dr. David Wanserski
What Types of Material Are Used for Crowns?Crowns have become a widely accepted and recommended artificial tooth solution. Whether the teeth are injured in a trauma or they've been badly eroded or even have fractures in them, crowns can provide a solution and save the tooth by strengthening it. A small cap-like appliance, it is placed on top of the injured tooth. It essentially replaces the bite surface of the tooth and improves lost functionality.

Benefits of Crowns

Whenever possible the natural tooth should be repaired and kept in place. This is because if the tooth is lost a whole host of things that will have to happen to restore the lost functionality. These procedures can be incredibly invasive and quite expensive when compared to crown placement. Even if the tooth has broken into pieces, the crown can hold them in place and strengthen it.

Crowns can be made out of metal, porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain. The metal crowns are generally reserved for those teeth in the back where they will not be as noticeable. They are the longest-lasting crowns made but do not blend in at all with the rest of the oral cavity. They also do not have the same feel as a natural tooth or a crown made from porcelain.

At your visit with us, we would recommend porcelain be the material you should go with. It is used more frequently than any other material. When placed it feels more natural as a biting surface and can be shaped to match the other teeth. They can also be tinted to match the color of the surrounding teeth. They are more resilient than metal and can replace the tooth from the chewing surface to the gumline. Unlike metal crowns, the porcelain crowns can blend in and are harder to notice. They are recommended for the front teeth of both upper and lower jaws where they are more visible.

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