Dental crowns are cosmetic dentistry procedures that are recommended to people suffering from tooth decay, chipped, broken, or cracked teeth. They are used for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Dental crowns can be of different types depending on the preference and the budget of a patient. They can be custom-made to accommodate specific needs and preferences of the patient.
Here are the different types of dental crowns:
Metal crowns, also called as gold crowns, are made from an alloy blend, often gold being one of the ingredients. Metal crowns are very durable and there is little chance for breakage. They do not cause excessive wear or abrasion to the adjacent teeth. Although metal crowns can be used for any tooth, they are preferable for areas in the back of the mouth where appearance is not a concern.
Ceramic or porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth. They produce the best cosmetic appearance. By using a computerized milling machine, they can either be handcrafted by a dental technician or carved from a solid block of ceramic or porcelain. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are used where the appearance of the tooth is a concern, such as the front row.
Porcelain bonded crowns:
Also known as porcelain fused to metal crowns, porcelain bonded crowns combine the strength of metal with the appearance of ceramic. They are cosmetically appealing. However, the metal may be visible over time.
Resin crowns are inexpensive and may not be very durable. Although they have a very natural appearance, they may wear down and are prone to cracks or breakage.
Zirconia crowns are made with some of the highest tech equipment and durable materials. They do not chip and break as often as porcelain or ceramic crowns. With zirconia crowns, only a minimal amount of tooth needs to be filled.
Would you like to know if a dental crown is right for you? Contact the dentists at Dr. Aki Shirakura & Associates for a consultation. Our staff is dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs and expectations of each and every patient who walks through our doors, and will give you the individualized professional care that you need and deserve. Call us 914-303-6150 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.