If you’re not a dentist, you will likely first think of the gold hat that sits upon a king’s head when thinking of a crown. Dental crowns though are something very different and not made out of gold. Dental crowns are small prosthetic devices that are cemented to your natural teeth to cover a tooth as a sort of cap. Often, these teeth are damaged and in need of covering, or the crown is used to cover a recent implant.
When getting a dental crown, there are four different types that dentists can use – Ceramic, Porcelain-fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metal alloys.
The first ceramic is most commonly used for front teeth that people can see as the ceramic material mimics natural tooth coloring well. These can be purely ceramic or made with a porcelain-based material.
The second type is porcelain-fused to metal. The benefit of this type of crown is it is exceptionally strong and durable. As one of the latest and up-to-date methods, porcelain-fused to metal offers a lasting crown that feel and looks real. While arguably one of the best crowns, the challenge is ensuring quality materials and the quality of the initial tooth.
Then, gold alloy crowns are a mix of metal such as gold and copper. This type of crown has a reasonably strong bond and will not wear away at the tooth. It is generally less abrasive to the other surrounding teeth in the mouth.
Finally, there are base metal alloy crowns. The major benefit of these crowns is that they are very resistant to wear and tear from daily life. Additionally, this crown also requires less of the initial natural tooth to be healthy than some of its counter parts.
No matter which type of crown you get, the most important part is your dentist ensuring proper fit throughout the process. After the procedure, it is important you make sure to take care of your crown and stay up-to-date on your oral health. This is the best way to enhance the longevity of your crown.