There are a lot of reasons one might consider a crown. You may need a cavity to be correct; you may have chipped a tooth, requiring it to be fixed. No matter the reason you want a crown, you should know there is a variety of different crowns to consider.
Although there is no “best crown,” there are reasons to choose one over the other. One of the primary deciding factors of which crown you want should be where the damage tooth is located. Gold crowns are great for teeth at the back of the mouth; however, most people don’t want a shiny gold tooth being visible when they smile. Aside from gold, all-ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, and other metals can be used to cap the teeth. At Brevard Smiles, we offer ceramic crowns for your cosmetic needs.
So Which Crown is Best for You?
All-ceramic crowns are generally seen as standard for front of the mouth crowns. They match the teeth almost perfectly, and unless you tell someone, no one will know that your tooth isn’t real. These crowns can be shaped to perfection, meaning they aren’t necessarily only for the front of the mouth. They can be just as useful for the back of the mouth.
Ceramic crowns, as used in dentist offices all over the world, were originally created in the early 1900s, however, today’s version of the ceramic crown was invented in the last 1980s.
Types of Ceramic Crowns
There are two main categories of ceramic crowns: one for aesthetics and one for strength. Rarely will a ceramic tooth feature both of these qualities.
Some ceramic teeth are created by hand. These crowns are created layer by layer using porcelain. The technique involved in crafting these teeth leaves them brittle and easy to break, however, they offer the most realistic appearance possible.
If you are looking for a more sturdy, long-lasting crown, you need to ask your dentist about the homogeneous ceramic teeth. These teeth are sculpted out of a single cube of ceramic, meaning that they will last much longer than the layered porcelain teeth. These types of teeth do have one drawback though. Their shade doesn’t match the natural color of teeth. Upon close inspection, a person will be able to tell that the tooth is fake; however, this isn’t something you should worry about.