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What are Dental Crowns Made Of?

A dental crown can be an excellent option if you want to restore the size, shape, function, or appearance of a damaged or weakened tooth. Dental crowns can be made from several different materials, each with its own pros and cons. The best option often depends on the crown’s purpose and the specifics of the tooth it will cover. At Maine Dentistry, we can help you select the best choice for your crown.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns

Many dentists most frequently recommend porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns. They combine the benefits of both metal and porcelain. While they are more robust than traditional porcelain crowns, they also blend in with natural teeth better and are more aesthetically pleasing than typical metal crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are options for both front and back teeth. However, one drawback to these types of crowns is that they aren’t as strong as metal crowns, and the metal portion may sometimes be visible while you are smiling.

Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic dental crowns are ideal for teeth towards the front of the mouth since they can closely match the color of your natural teeth. However, the problem is that they aren’t as durable as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. They don’t hold up as well or last as long if they are on teeth used more for chewing and crushing food.

Metal or Gold Crowns

Metal and gold are the most durable dental crown material available. Metal crowns can consist of different types of metal alloys, including nickel-chromium and chromium. But gold crowns are even more sturdy than metal-alloy. However, both types of material offer extreme durability. They can withstand pressure from chewing, so they are typically used for teeth further back in the mouth. The downside is that metal and gold crowns are more noticeable as they are nothing like the natural shade of teeth. For some dental patients, they aren’t the best option for more visible teeth. Discussing your options with your dentist as you weigh the pros and cons is crucial.

Selecting the Best Dental Crown Option

Each type of dental crown material has its own benefits. The material that will work the best for you depends on your treatment goals and the tooth (or teeth) that require a crown. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is the most recommended, with its ideal combination of quality, appearance, and durability.

But, if durability is the primary concern, metal alloy or gold dental crowns are more desirable. For patients whose issue is primarily cosmetic, ceramic crowns are ideal. Ultimately, the best way to select the kind of dental crown best for you is to discuss all options with a dentist from Maine Dentistry. They can help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of each so that you can decide which type will best fit your needs.

Contact Maine Dentistry to Learn More About Your Dental Crown Options

Contact us today at one of our convenient Gray, Portland, or Auburn offices. We can evaluate your dental needs and goals for treatment to determine what type of crown would be best for your smile.

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