6 Materials Used to Make Dental Crowns

6 Materials Used to Make Dental Crowns

If you’ve ever had root canal treatment, then you may be aware of what crowns are and how they work. Your dentist can provide several different kinds of dental crowns, depending on your preference and what’s best for your oral health. Let’s look at some of the options available at Athens Oconee Dentistry for your professional dental crown.

All-Resin

These are very affordable, but they do not last as long as other dental crowns. You will need to see your dentist more often for repairs of cracks, and other damage to the crown and they will need to be replaced more often. If replaced too often, the tooth may need to be extracted permanently.

Stainless Steel

These are often used when a temporary crown is being installed. They’re made of stainless steel and are designed to be used while your permanent crown is being made. You won’t need to wear them for long periods, so there’s no need to worry about the appearance.

Porcelain Fused to Metal

Porcelain is matched to the appearance of teeth, but opposing teeth may become worn down quicker than they would with metal crowns. The base is made of metal and may be visible just at the gumline but can be seen easily if the gums recede.

Metals

Crowns made of metal can be various materials, including gold alloy and other alloys. They don’t require as much enamel to be removed from the tooth, and they don’t cause damage to the surrounding or opposing teeth. They’re often recommended for teeth that won’t be visible.

Zirconia or Milled Crown

Crowns that have been made in the dental office are often made of zirconia or milled crown. They’re comfortable and can be various colors to match your teeth.

All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain

If you have allergies to metal, you may want to consider a ceramic or porcelain crown. These may not be as sturdy without being fused to metal and may cause more wear on the teeth opposite the crown, but they look more natural and are recommended for visible teeth.