Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that is ideal to restore the looks of teeth that may have been significantly damaged by decay or cavities. While all types of crowns are designed to resemble a natural tooth, it is true that certain materials, such as porcelain, can lead to significantly more accurate results than others. Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, our team of professionals is glad to help you understand the differences between each type of dental crown. This way, you can restore your smile with the one that most suits your needs.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restructuring that completely covers the visible area of a damaged tooth. This restoration has the main objective of restoring your tooth’s visual appeal, as well as the functionality of its biting surface. These are most commonly used in cases of cavities or decay that reach more advanced progression. They are also used in combination with an implant in order to make a complete prosthetic tooth replacement.
Like any dental treatment, dental crowns come in a variety of different types, and we distinguish each of them according to the materials with which they are manufactured. Metal-porcelain crowns, as their name implies, are made of a metallic interior covered by a porcelain coat. This results in a crown that is both sturdy and visually appealing. They are also cheaper than other porcelain-based crowns.
Zirconium-ceramic crowns, on the other hand, are a fairly solid substitute for metal-porcelain crowns. They feature a ceramic coating that makes the crown much more aesthetic and a zirconium interior that, while not equally resistant, blends itself together with its coat much more efficiently. Zirconium is a pretty durable material, as well, so these crowns should last longer than the porcelain-based ones. This is, of course, contingent upon if they are properly taken care of while in the patient’s mouth.
Another material option includes monolithic-ceramic crowns. These do not need a base that offers support like which may be needed with metal or zirconium-based crowns. This is because this type of porcelain is much more resistant compared to the ones used for the coating of the aforementioned. By not needing a base, they manage to reflect light in a similar fashion to how a natural tooth would do it, which leads to an impressive result from an aesthetic point of view.
Above all, monolithic-ceramic crowns are used for their aesthetic contribution. They are commonly placed in front teeth when it is not necessary to replace a tooth, since they are not as resistant as other types of crowns. These porcelain crowns generally need replacement after a few years of use, as they may weaken over time.
Dental crowns are perfect for patients who want to restore their smile, both from a practical and aesthetic perspective. However, with many options available, selecting the kind of crown that will best suit your needs can be daunting. For this, at Jon C. Packman DDS, we are glad to guide and inform you about each one of them. Please call us at (704) 978-7060 today to schedule an appointment with us.