A dental crown is the most common restorative treatment because of its diversity. The customized cap covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line, giving it an added layer of protection. It can also repair broken teeth and be used along with other procedures, like root canal therapy. Thanks to a variety of materials, dental crowns also provide cosmetic benefits. You have many types to choose from, but which is best? Here’s what you need to know when picking a material for your restoration.
Types of Dental Crown Materials
Crowns can be made of materials that occur naturally, like gold. However, they can also be made of scientifically developed materials. Every mouth and situation differs. Your dentist will help you determine which material is right for you, like:
- Porcelain-Veneered Zirconia: Porcelain is more likely to chip than metals and can irritate the adjacent teeth. Although it has its disadvantages, it’s incredibly strong, affordable, and creates natural-looking results.
- Lithium Disilicate: Porcelain isn’t used to create the restorations. As a result, lithium disilicate isn’t as durable as other materials. Typically, it’s recommended for the back teeth.
- Ceramic: Like porcelain-veneered zirconia, ceramic crowns can chip and aggravate nearby teeth. However, it offers great durability. They also match the best with the natural color of teeth to blend in with your smile, making it a great option for front teeth.
- Gold Alloy: Gold alloy is the strongest material that has a base-metal alloy. It won’t fracture or crack. Plus, it’s gentle on your surrounding teeth. Unfortunately, it can be expensive and won’t look natural.
- Based-Metal Alloy: Base-metal alloy is very strong, so it can withstand the test of time. It’s also resistant to corrosion and allows you to maintain more of your tooth’s structure. It can be costly and your crown will be noticeable.
Get the Most from Your Investment
No matter the material you choose, a crown is designed to last. Most restorations last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced, but many factors affect their lifespan. You can ensure your crown lasts for years by keeping your mouth clean and healthy.
Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss every night. Clean the area where your crown meets the gum line well. Although crowns are strong, it’s best to limit how often you have hard or chewy foods. Break any bad habits that may damage your crown, like chewing ice or grinding your teeth.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll keep your mouth healthy and protect your investment.
About Dr. Kamlesh Makwana
Dr. Makwana achieved his dental degree from Marquette University and has regularly continued his education in many specialties, like restorative dentistry. He used high-quality materials to create durable restorations. If you need a dental crown, request an appointment through our website or call (636) 489-1083.