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The Different Types Of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns were created to restore a damaged tooth, which can be a better alternative to removing it altogether. But there isn’t only one type of dental crown; there are a variety of crowns available, each with their own pros and cons.

Gold Dental Crowns

Gold crowns are created by blending various types of metals. A dentist may suggest a golden crown for you if you are in need of back restorations. This type of crown is less favorable today as a result of their color and aesthetics.

Pros:

  • They are durable.
  • They are long lasting (with appropriate care).
  • More of your natural tooth stays intact.
  • They have a slower deterioration process.
  • They are optimal for posterior restorations (particularly back molars).

Cons:

  • Gold crowns do not have the appearance of a natural tooth.
  • May cause allergic reactions in some.

All Porcelain Dental Crowns

This kind of dental crown tends to be more favored. Unlike gold crowns, all porcelain crowns are entirely made out of porcelain matter.

Pros:

  • Porcelain most resembles natural teeth.
  • A suitable choice for front teeth restorations.
  • Metal is not used, which makes these dental crowns toxic-free.

Cons:

  • They are not as durable when being compared to metal crowns.
  • They may be more expensive.

Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Dental Crowns (PFM)

Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns are another favored kind of dental crown. They have a metal foundation, which helps makes them strong.

Pros:

  • They have fantastic appearance and sturdiness.
  • They have been around for a long time (over 50 years!).
  • They are less expensive than entirely porcelain crowns.

Cons:

  • The metal within this type of crown has the chance of producing a grey line at the gumline.
  • Teeth clenching or grinding can erode this type of crown.

Zirconia Dental Crowns

Zirconia crowns are made of a fairly new material, Zirconium, which provides strength and a natural-looking appearance.

Pros:

  • There is less potential for this type of crown to chip or fracture.
  • They are less susceptible to deteriorating over time.
  • No metal is used in this type of dental crown, making them toxin and allergen free.

Cons:

  • Natural teeth can be worn down by this kind of crown as a result of its strength.

E-Max Dental Crowns

E-Max crowns are a newer kind of crown. It is all-ceramic and created by lithium disilicate.

Pros:

  • They have excellent aesthetics.
  • They are strong and last for a long time.
  • They are good options for both the front and back teeth.

Cons:

  • They could be more costly.
  • There has been some noted failure while using E-Max for posterior teeth, specifically when doing more than one unit.

Dental Professionals In Boynton Beach

With there being various options for different dental crowns, it’s important to know which ones you’re getting, their purposes, and their advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist can discuss the various dental crown options with you so you can feel confident that you are making the right choice for your oral health.

Do you have more questions about dental crowns? Check out our dental information blog, follow us on Facebook, or call Eriks Dental Group at (561) 733-4004.