The Different Types of Dental Crowns

Maintaining one’s oral health is very important. Not only does it allow us to keep our smile intact for the entire world to see, but it also allows us to prevent the onset of oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease. And sometimes, despite our best efforts to maintain our dental health and smile, we sometimes need cosmetic and medical procedures performed to ensure their longevity. When it comes to a damaged tooth, your dental professional might have to have a crown placed over the compromised area to return your smile to its original shape. A crown is a prosthetic that’s placed on top of the broken tooth to restore it. There are different types of crowns that your dentist might utilize, depending on the location and extent of damage that’s been incurred. 

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Ceramic Crowns 

These are the most common types of crowns and are usually used when a dentist needs to repair a patient’s front teeth. The advantage of ceramic crowns is that they’re able to blend with a patient’s teeth and make them have a nearly transparent appearance. 

Porcelain/Metal Fusion Crowns

A dentist might choose to use a fusion of metal and porcelain on a crown if the area of the tooth needs more strength than ceramics. If you have damage to your canines, molars, or incisors, these crowns can allow you to continue to use them when it comes to eating. 

Base Metal Alloy Crowns 

Crowns that are made of base metal alloys aren’t as stylish or transparent as the previous two crowns that we’ve mentioned, but they’re exceptional as a cost-effective option. Because of their material, they’re virtually impervious to corrosion or damage and need little in the way of upkeep once they’re placed in the patient’s mouth. 

Gold Alloy Crowns 

These aren’t as common as they once were, but they have the same advantage that base metal alloy crowns do, as they last for a significant length of time and provide exceptional strength. They’re often used for teeth in the rear of the jaw, such as molars, which need to maintain their strength during activities such as eating. 

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