What Types of Dental Crowns Can I Get?

The Foleck Center Dental Crown Example

Dental crowns are pieces that cover the tooth, protect it, improve its functionality and aesthetics. They are placed when the damage of the natural tooth cannot be corrected with another less invasive method. Thanks to technology, there are many types of materials with which dental covers or crowns can be manufactured. The use of these depends on the needs of each person and what the dentist advises. The different types of dental covers according to the materials from which they are made are the following:

Today we will see what are the porcelain dental covers and other materials with which they can be manufactured.

Metal Dental Crowns

They are very resistant covers, but they are used little because their aesthetic contribution is little and they do not resemble the natural tooth. When placed, they are usually used to cover the teeth as they are less visible.

We can summarize the basic characteristics of metal covers as follows:

  • They are made of gold, nickel or platinum.
  • They are durable, but not aesthetic.
  • They are often used on teeth that are not very visible.
  • They are not the most aesthetic, therefore, the use of it is uncommon.

The only disadvantage it presents is its color. For this reason, they are placed out of sight in molars and premolars. And it is that the metallic color of the same tends to be little aesthetic.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

The dental porcelain veneers are cemented fixed prostheses that are installed on natural teeth to correct its shape. These wrap them completely, providing protection to the teeth and offering a much more aesthetic appearance.

Also, these covers protect those teeth that have had some type of deep decay or have been weakened after a root canal. The cover helps the patient keep the tooth for a long time.

They offer a very natural and aesthetic result and can be adapted to the shade of the rest of the teeth. It is more recommended for front teeth than for teeth because the material is less strong than metal.

Its basic characteristics are:

  • They adapt to the natural color of the tooth.
  • Porcelain covers are used to replace more visible teeth and less crushing.
  • They are the most used due to the color generated by porcelain, which provides naturalness in the teeth.

Porcelain Metal Crowns

It consists of a metal cap that is coated with porcelain. In this way, it combines the advantages of metal cases, with the aesthetics of porcelain. They are very durable, so they are among the most recommended by dentists.

Thanks to its characteristics it is able to improve the resistance of the molars. On the other hand, although they can be used, they are not highly recommended for strikers because of the presence of two materials. It may happen that in patients with retracted gums the metal part is visible.

  • It combines the strength and hardness of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain.
  • It is suitable to replace any type of tooth regardless of its position in the mouth or use.
  • The metal fragment is positioned at the bottom and the porcelain is placed on it, making the perfect combination between aesthetics and resistance.
  • They have a favorable aesthetic result.

Zirconium Dental Crowns

The zirconium is a type of very durable white metal. Its use in dentistry is recent and offers many advantages to patients who opt for crowns of this material.

It is a very strong material that also gives a very natural result. It is translucent and less thick than other alternatives such as porcelain or porcelain metal. The patient can choose the color that most closely resembles the rest of the teeth and is guaranteed to remain in that tone forever.

Thanks to these characteristics, dentists recommend them as covers for front and rear teeth. The difference between natural teeth and crowns will not be noticed.

Another advantage of this material is that its wear is minimal.

Among the characteristics of zirconium dental covers we highlight:

  • It is a biocompatible material, so there will be no allergy problems.
  • If any wear occurs the crown tone will be maintained because it has no other metal elements.
  • It allows to choose a tone similar to natural teeth and this does not darken over time.

Stainless Steel Dental Crowns

They are used as a temporary protection of the tooth and nerves. They are prefabricated, they are only placed while the new case is manufactured, they are not very aesthetic and that is why they are of little use.

Resin Dental Crowns

These types of covers are not very resistant and their finish is not as natural as that of porcelain or zirconium. They are usually used as temporary covers, while the final ones are manufactured.

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