Dental crowns come in various kinds of material, and since crowns aren’t exactly an everyday kind of item you purchase, how do you know what material is best for your crown? Let’s tackle the many distinctions of crowns and determine and discuss with you the many options available.
Ceramic crowns are usually zirconium layered with ceramic. These dental crowns are known to be using a zirconia core which is similar to porcelain that are attached to a metal crown. As the zirconium core is dentin in shade, no opaque is required, unlike porcelain fused to metal crowns, and overall the appearance is often preferable.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Another option for dental crowns is the porcelain fused to metal. This is a tried and tested practice which can stand the test of time. A metal casing is created to fit over the base of the damaged tooth. A porcelain veneer is then placed on top of the metal for a natural looking appearance with no visible metal.
While not as common as once before, gold crowns are still an available option. Some people may love the bling factor of gold while others enjoy the durability that this precious metal has to offer.
The Cost of Dental Crowns
Gold is often more expensive than other materials because of the cost of the precious metal itself. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are much more common and therefore are more cost efficient. Talk to your dentist about your options to find out which approach to a crown may be best for you.