You have a damaged tooth that needs a dental crown. Before you begin any restoration procedure, it’s good to learn about the different types of crowns available as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
1. Gold or all-metal crowns
A metal dental crown is usually made of a gold alloy. However, a number of different alloys can also be used for crown fabrication. Some of these metals are silver in color rather than yellow like gold.
Gold or all-metal crowns:
- are made of malleable material, which makes it easier for the dentist to achieve a very precise crown-to-tooth fit
- are very strong and can withstand even the heaviest biting and chewing forces
- have a wear rate that is similar to that of tooth enamel, which means that they won’t wear excessively on the teeth that oppose them
- may not be aesthetically appealing to some people
2. Porcelain crowns
Dental crowns that show prominently when a person smiles are typically made out of porcelain (or dental ceramic) or else have of the veneering of porcelain on their surface (porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns)
- are cosmetically pleasing and are an excellent choice for restoring front teeth
- are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and may not be a good choice for back teeth
3. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
PFMs are a hybrid between porcelain and metal crowns. When they are made, the dental technician first creates a shell of metal that fits over the tooth. A veneering of porcelain is then fused to this metal, giving the crown a white tooth-like appearance.
- are good for both front and back teeth crowns because they are both good-looking and strong
- can sometimes chip or break
- can create wear on those teeth it bites on or rubs against
- will sometimes reveal the metal beneath it right at the crown’s edge: if your gum line recedes, that metal may show and ruin the overall appearance of the crown itself
At Harlingen Family Dentistry, we offer top-notch cosmetic dentistry procedures including crowns. Our dentists will do a thorough examination of your mouth to determine which type of crown is best for your particular needs. We are committed to our clients and the restoration of their smiles, so contact us today for an appointment and experience the HFD difference!