Okay, so no one is ever very excited to hear that they need a crown. But if and when you do, you’ll want to be prepared with some research on what options are available.
The Classic Metal Crown
When you picture a dental crown, you might think of a gold tooth. Gold and other metals are used to produce very reliable, long-lasting, and highly-visible crowns. A metal crown is usually preferred on a back tooth in terms of strength and appearance.
The Natural Porcelain or Ceramic Crown
These crowns look realistic because they have no metal in them. That’s also important if you have a metal allergy or the crown will be visible. Porcelain and ceramic look great, but aren’t as strong as metal. These crowns are happiest on front teeth in the smile-zone!
The “Best of Both Worlds” Crown
Many crowns are made of a metal core and have porcelain baked over them for an aesthetic finish. Also called porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crowns, these are very strong restorations.
So strong, in fact, that they can wear down the opposite teeth. And with time your gums could recede, exposing the dark metal underneath.
The Resin Crown
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solution, then a resin crown is the way to go. Full resin crowns will look nice. They won’t stand out the way a metal crown will, and they’re relatively inexpensive. The big catch is that a resin crown will wear and fracture and require replacement much sooner than any of your other options.
Equipped with some pros and cons, you can discuss crown options with your dentist and confidently choose the one that’s right for you!
Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
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