Crowns like bridges are a great way for restoring smiles. More economical than implants and less uncomfortable than false teeth, it is easy to see why they are popular. If your dentist recommends crowns for saving your decaying teeth, you will be met with some options. One of these will be the types of dental crowns you can choose from. The material you choose will depend a lot on whether the crowns are for front if back teeth. One thing is for sure though, gold teeth are no longer in fashion! So, what type should you choose? Read on for some tips that will allow you to decide.
A crown is a cap that fits over your natural teeth that is perfectly shaped to look like a real tooth. Prepared by the lab that works behind the scenes of your local dentist, crowns are used to restore and repair teeth. A crown can help not just the appearance of your teeth, but their stength, shape, and size. Crowns can be used to protect weak teeth, to restore broken teeth, to cover over discoloured teeth, or to hold a bridge in place.
What Types of Dental Crowns and Available
The types of dental crowns available vary from full metal to porcelain and anything in between. The type you choose will depend a lot on where the tooth is situated. Full metal crowns are the strongest and they are a cheaper option. But made from yellow gold, you won’t want this type of crown for your front teeth. It should also be noted here that the NHS no longer offers gold crowns.
If you have an NHS dentist and you opt for a full metal crown you will be provided with a nickel, chromium or palladium one. Once again, you won’t want silver metal showing at the front of your mouth. Full metal crowns are however very strong, resistant, and perfect for chewing. They are the most economical option and the one that lasts the longest. In short, full metal crowns are perfect for back teeth.
When choosing from the types of dental crowns on offer, you will also find porcelain fused crowns are a common option that is offered. A porcelain fused crown provides the strength of a metal crown but without the ugly looking silver. The part of the crown showing will be made of porcelain that can be colour matched against your teeth. Made in several grades and qualities, a privately made crown will be made of a higher grade of porcelain than if you opt for an NHS fused crown. One small drawback of this type of crown is that a layer a metal can become visible where the tooth meets the gum. This is a particular problem is you suffer from receeding gums.
Full ceramic or porcelain crowns are a good option for front teeth. They are not as strong as metal alternatives, but it should be remembered that you don’t chew with your front teeth. They can be made to match your natural colouting, and they provide a really aesthetically pleasing way to restore a smile. More expensive than metal crowns, most people opt for ceramic or porcelain for teeth that are on show and are not at the back or top of the mouth.
Last but not least when discussing the different types of dental crowns avaiable are Zirconia Crowns. This type of crown provides the strength of a metal crown but with the appearance of a porcelain or ceramic one. A man made metal that is extremely strong, Zirconia provides a solution that will last for years and is not delicate like porcelain. Perfect for both front and back teeth, this type of restoration is worth the extra money that you pay. Virtually unbreakable, Zirconia really stands the test of time.
Ultimately the type of cfown that you opt for will depend on your budget and on how self-conscious you are. If you don’t want metal showing in your mouth, then ceramic and porcelain crowns are defiintely a better choice that is still affordable. For the best looking crowns that will really last forever, Zirconia is very popular. The extra cost you pay will be saved in the long run, as you won’t be returning to the dentist any time soon because your crowns break.