Dental crowns protect your teeth, cover stained ones, hold a bridge, etc. You may wonder what types of crowns are available to cap your pearly whites with. Your dentist will suggest the crown type that works best with your teeth, but here are a few of the options.
These crowns can be made of gold, nickel, palladium, or chromium. They are the best kind of crown because they are the strongest, rarely wearing or chipping. Additionally, they are the thinnest, which means less tooth enamel needs to be filed away for them to fit. However, since they have metallic coloring, they are the most visible.
This type of crown is like its name suggests, porcelain fused to metal. The porcelain matches tooth color; however, the metal part may sometimes show as a dark line near the gums. Porcelain is also more breakable than all-metal crowns and is more likely to wear the tooth on the opposite side of the mouth when you bite down.
Though these types of crowns have the same problems of breakability and wear as porcelain-fused-to-metal, they are also the best kind to match tooth color. They are also a good choice for people with metal allergies.
This is the most inexpensive crown available on the market. However, it is also the quickest to wear and most likely to break.
This kind of crown is capped with porcelain. But it is stronger than an all-porcelain crown because it has a hard inner core.