There are a few different materials that crowns can be made out of, and the choice for your type of crown is based on a few different reasons. Crowns are always placed over teeth that have received root canals, and are also used to treat large areas of decay or fractured teeth.
Temporary crowns are always made of stainless steel. Sometimes called “silver caps”, these crowns are typically used on children whose oral anatomy is still developing. Stainless steel crowns are not made to last more than a few years, and will wear through over time if they are kept on longer than they should be. Most of the time these are used on baby teeth that will fall out within a few years, or on a developing permanent tooth that is not yet fully erupted.
Gold crowns are sometimes the material of choice for teeth in the back of the mouth, due to the benefits that gold has when it comes to it’s wear over time. Gold functions very well on grinding teeth and can be more comfortable to wear since the softer material is shaped easily to the way you bite together.
Porcelain crowns are the treatment of choice for teeth in the front of the mouth, or that show when you talk or smile. The material is carefully matched to adjacent natural tooth enamel so that it blends in as best as possible with the rest of your smile. Some crowns are completely made of resin while others are porcelain fused to metal. Depending on technology offered in your dental office, they may also be available for same-day placement thanks to 3D imaging technology and in-office lab equipment.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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