Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that the dentist places on top of damaged teeth. This type of dental treatment can provide a lasting solution for various reasons, such as worn, damaged, chipped teeth or discolored teeth. While dental crowns can often help strengthen and prolong a tooth’s life, they can also be applied for entirely cosmetic reasons.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?
There are different options available for choosing dental crowns. Your dentist will recommend the best option for you based on the condition of your tooth and the purpose of the dental crown. The main types of dental crowns are outlined below.
Metal Dental Crowns
These crowns are typically made from gold or base metal alloys, and because of their metallic appearance, they are suitable to restore hidden molars.
All-metal crowns are durable and solid and are much more resistant to breakages than other dental crown types. When fitted, they cause minimal wear to surrounding teeth. However, the dentist may need to remove a small amount of your tooth to place a metal crown.
Ceramic Dental Crowns
Ceramic crowns are a popular option for people who opt for a crown that perfectly matches their natural teeth. They are made from 100% ceramic and provide a shiny and natural appearance as possible.
You can choose from all-ceramic crowns, zirconia crowns, or gold-ceramic crowns within the category of ceramic crowns. However, Zirconia crowns are a popular choice because of their durability, strength, and natural-looking appearance.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
These dental crowns are from a specialized type of ceramic and are similar to ceramic crowns. Porcelain crowns are ideal for those who are looking for a nice balance between durability and aesthetics. They can also be merged with metal to enhance their strength.
Temporary Dental Crowns
Temporary crowns are used as placeholders until the dentist can fit a permanent solution. These can be made from acrylic or stainless steel, depending on your tooth’s condition and personal preference.
Which Type of Dental Crown Is Suitable for Me?
As previously mentioned, there are many different types of dental crowns for various purposes. We have briefly outlined the more specific forms of crowns and who are their ideal candidates.
- All-Ceramic Crowns: Ideal for people whose priority is that their dental crowns look as natural as possible.
- All-Metal Crowns: Giving their limited aesthetic appeal, these are the best option for people who need dental crowns fitted on their molar teeth at the back of their mouth.
- Gold-Ceramic Crowns: Ideal for those who find other types of crowns have irritated their gums. Gold rarely causes this, and it is also a strong material that makes crowns reasonably durable.
- Ceramic-Metal Crowns: These provide a nice balance between aesthetics and durability. The metal makes them strong, while the ceramic gives them a natural look.
- Zirconia Crowns: Since zirconia is the most robust material used in dentistry, these crowns are long-lasting, durable, and strong. These crowns can also be layered with porcelain to enhance the shape and shade of the tooth.
- Resin Crowns: These tend to be cheaper as the material price is lower than either metals or ceramics. Although they can be colored to provide a natural look, they tend to wear away more quickly than other types.
Ideal applicants for Dental Crown Treatment may include:
- Those who have worn down their teeth over time
- Those who have chipped teeth
- People who have misshapen teeth
- Those who have discolored teeth
- People with tooth decay
The whole treatment process takes about 3-4 weeks if done locally and one week if done abroad. Each session lasts for an average of one hour.
You will need 2-3 days to recover from your dental crown procedure.
Potential Risks and Side Effects:
Potential side effects of the dental crown procedure are rare, and in case of occurrence, they are usually minor and easily treated. Risks may include:
- Increasing sensitivity to hot and cold
- Crown breakage