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What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

No matter what it’s made of, a dental cap will make your damaged tooth look and feel better. All crowns protect and strengthen compromised teeth. Does it matter, then, which kind you get?

Here are the main types of dental crowns that you can choose from.

Metal Crowns

Silver-colored crowns are the cheapest in comparison with other kinds. They’re ideal for kids whose smiles haven’t fully developed, or for temporary purposes while adults wait for their permanent new crown. The drawback to metal caps is that you could have an allergy to one of the metals used in them. Also, they’re highly visible so they don’t look great when you smile.

Gold Crowns

Gold is the best kind of crown if you want something that will last for many years. It’s compatible with your body and gentle on teeth. Like other metal crowns, however, it’s quite noticeable on front teeth. They’re ideal for teeth further back in the mouth that have to withstand a lot of pressure from chewing.

Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns

Tooth-colored caps made from porcelain or ceramic are the best kind of dental crowns for creating the most natural look. These crowns make it easy for your dentist to monitor the health of your capped teeth since they don’t contain metal which obscures the view on x-rays.

Combination Crowns

The strength of a metal crown meets the beauty of a porcelain cap in a combination crown. These are beneficial for when you want the best of both options.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is a material that looks like ceramic but has some trace metal elements that make it extremely durable. Zirconia crowns are best for teeth that suffer a lot of wear from teeth grinding.

Visit a restorative dentist to find out which kind of crown is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

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