Patients often ask our dentists at Dentistry by Design what a dental crown is? They also want to know what dental crowns are made of and if the procedure is painful to endure. At Dentistry by Design, our professional team recommend crowns for patients with the following oral ailments or problems:
- If a patient had significant gaps in their mouth without teeth
- If a patient has weakened, broken or fractured teeth
- Patients with discoloured, unsightly or misshapen teeth
What is a crown?
Dentists will suggest a dental crown because they are sturdy fixtures that offer excellent results for specific patients. A dental crown is a strong, prosthetic fixture which
- Can be fitted or capped over a brittle, painful or discoloured natural tooth or teeth
- Can be implanted or fixed to a dental implant.
A dental crown is permanent and cannot be removed daily as is the case with dentures.
Four types of dental crowns
There are four most common materials used for dental crowns. Professional dentists, like those at Dentistry by Design, will be able to suggest which material is best for you and your oral health needs. The four common types of dental crowns are:
- Ceramic or Porcelain crowns – ceramic crowns are a porcelain-based material which has a colour very close to most people’s natural tooth colour. Many dentists used ceramic crowns for replacement of teeth in the front of the mouth so that they give the best cosmetic look possible.
- Gold crowns – known for its durability, gold crowns may be suggested for a replacement tooth that is required to be particularly strong, like for those patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaws. Gold crowns are often suggested for teeth in less visible parts of the mouth. These crowns are not often pure gold but rather a blend of alloys such as gold and other metals.
- Porcelain and metal infused crown – for a more durable, tougher option than a ceramic or porcelain crown, your dentist may recommend a porcelain-fused to metal crown. This crown option still offers the cosmetically pleasing look of a natural tooth but with added strength.
- Base metal crowns – similar to gold crowns, these crowns are made from non-noble metals or alloys and are extremely strong and resistant to corrosion. This crown requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed to fit it.