What’s The Best Dental Crown Material?

September 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_montgomery @ 6:10 pm
a metal and porcelain dental crown sitting next to eachother

Do you need to get a dental crown to repair and rejuvenate a damaged or decayed tooth? These restorations are incredibly common, and it’s estimated that the average dental practice places at least 13 crowns per month. So, there’s no reason to be disappointed if your dentist broke the news to you that dental crowns in Plano are a treatment you require. During the process, you’ll need to pick out the type of material that your restoration will be crafted from. Many patients aren’t sure of the benefits and downsides of each, which is are important details to iron out before it’s placed in your mouth. Read on to learn what types of materials crowns are made from and which one is right for you.

Gold Crowns

Gold has been used for awhile in dentistry, and while it’s not typically the first-choice among patients due to the fact that a gold crown sticks out like a sore-thumb when you smile, it does offer a few benefits. These restorations are incredibly durable and long-lasting, which means that you’ll get good use out of it once it’s placed.

Full Porcelain Crowns

Dental porcelain is a stain-resistant, durable materials that can be custom-shaded to match the color of your surrounding teeth, making these restorations flawlessly blend in with the background of your smile. They don’t conduct heat and cold like metal crowns, which also reduces sensitivity. The main drawbacks are that they aren’t as durable as other options, and they can be more damaging to surrounding teeth.

Porcelain Fused To Metal Crowns

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are a popular middle-ground that combines all of the physical benefits of durable metal with the cosmetic beauty of tooth-colored, stain-resistant porcelain. The main drawback is that sometimes, the porcelain won’t look as life-like due to the opacity of it caused by the metal base. However, if it’s located towards the back of your mouth, no onlookers should be able to notice anyways!

Composite Crowns

For patients who are very sensitive to both metal and porcelain, composite crowns are a cosmetically-pleasing, gentle material. They’re less reactive than other, harsher materials, but a main downside is that they’re not quite as durable and will likely require regular replacement to preserve your oral health.

Zirconia Crowns

Lastly, there are porcelain fused to zirconia or full zirconia crowns. This is a diamond-like material that looks identical to the color of natural teeth, so it will blend in with the rest of your smile. It’s also as strong as metal, and when fused with a metal base, it is less likely to fracture or become damaged.

The type of crowns that most patients go with are porcelain fused to metal, because they offer a variety of benefits and take first place for being the most durable, comfortable, and cost-effective. Although this is the most common choice among patients, it doesn’t always mean it’s the best option for you. To find out what dental crown material will fit your needs, it’s best to consult directly with your dentist to discuss all of the pros and cons.

About the Author

Dr. Jason Montgomery is committed to providing the most advanced dental treatments at his practice and using high-quality materials while crafting customized restorations, like dental crowns. In the past five years, he has completed over 500 hours of continuing education courses that focus primarily on implants and cosmetic dentistry. He was elected by his peers as a “Texas Superdentist” in the Texas Monthly Magazine as well. For questions or to schedule a consultation to learn which dental crown material will be best for you, visit his website or call 972-398-1996.

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