A dental crown is a very familiar, rather basic dental restoration. If you need a crown, you may be surprised at the number of options available. Crowns can be made from resin, porcelain, metal, or a combination. Dr. Dietrich offers all of them, because every patient has unique needs. What do you need to know about your options?

All metal crowns

The most and least expensive dental crowns available fall in this category. Steel or other base metals can create a strong, durable, long-lasting crown at a low price. These crowns are often used on primary (baby) teeth, and they can be used for adults as well. However, some people are allergic to base metals, eliminating that option. Gold offers all of the benefits of base metal (except price) and then some. Allergies to gold are extremely unlikely. It is exceptionally strong and durable, yet slightly soft, making it kinder to your opposing teeth than other materials.

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All ceramic crowns

Various types of porcelains and zirconia fall under the classification of ceramic. These crowns have the obvious benefit of looking natural. Ceramics are naturally white, and they can be tinted to match your other teeth perfectly. They can be designed to include translucencies, subtle variations, and color graduation just like a natural tooth, for an indiscernible restoration. Although brittleness is a concern with ceramics, modern formulas are stronger and more durable than ever.

Porcelain fused to metal

This hybrid option offers the strength of metal with the beauty of ceramic porcelain. However, some people consider it cosmetically inferior to all-porcelain, because there is a chance of a dark area developing around the base. This can happen because the porcelain is thinnest at the edge and the color of the underlying metal can show through.

Resin crowns

These are used for temporaries. A resin crown can be placed on the prepared tooth to protect it while the permanent one is being created at the lab. Although resin dental materials today are quite durable, they typically don’t hold up well enough for a permanent crown.

Call (708) 576-1900 and schedule an appointment at Pleasant Dental® to learn more about your dental options. Our office is conveniently located in Dolton, IL, just a short drive from South Holland.

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