Most crowns nowadays are carefully color-matched to your other teeth to provide the most natural look in your mouth. While you may think that the material used does not matter as long as the color is right, there are actually a few other things you must consider before you choose between porcelain crowns and ceramic crowns for your tooth restoration procedure. Here are a few key differences between the two, and a look at what might be best for you.
Porcelain crowns are actually porcelain fused to metal. In other words, the main shape of the crown and the part that touches the tooth is made of metal. A layer covering this is made of porcelain to provide the natural color of a tooth. This type of crown has been used since the 1950s and has been the one that was used the most frequently until ceramics came onto the scene. They are incredibly strong and are nearly as strong as all-metal options are. However, the metal can sometimes be seen under the porcelain as a dark line, and the entire crown may not look as natural as a ceramic crown would. Occasionally, some of the porcelain may chip off, allowing the underlying metal to be seen. Plus, some patients find that these crowns wear down the enamel on nearby and opposing teeth.
All-ceramic crowns are actually considered to be porcelain crowns as well, but they do not have any metal included in them. They are the newest types of crowns and are well-loved because they look the most natural. They first came into being in the 1980s when ceramic crowns could be made from synthetic compounds. Today, they are used extensively by patients who want an aesthetically pleasing oral appearance. However, you should know that the downside of these is their strength.
In general, we most frequently recommend all-ceramic crowns because they will look the most like your natural teeth. In addition, they can protect your other teeth, particularly if you have a problem with TMJ or tooth grinding. However, it all depends on the unique case.
As with all oral care matters, always listen to our experts at Brevard Smiles, who will help you know which option is best for you based on your teeth, your concerns, your other oral issues. Contact us today to book a dental appointment at our office in Indian Harbour Beach or Rockledge and learn more information.