Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are covers that hide and protect damaged teeth. If the damage to teeth is severe, so much so that the teeth cannot be restored through a filling, dental crowns are used to restore the normal shape and protect the teeth from further deterioration. Some patients become nervous when their dentists tell them they need dental crowns. This is because patients generally associate any dental procedure with pain. But the process of placing dental crowns is pain-free, no matter the type of dental crown used.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are five types of dental crowns:
The metal used in metal dental crowns can include gold, nickel, chromium, or palladium. While metal crowns are long-lasting and strong, their color can be unsightly. Due to this, metal dental crowns are mostly used for out-of-sight teeth, such as molars.
Porcelain and Metal
These are metal dental crowns with porcelain fused to the exterior. The porcelain can be matched to the color of the teeth next to the dental crown. However, these crowns can chip away with time, exposing the metal underneath. They are best suited for use on back teeth and molars.
Resin dental crowns are cost-effective. But their low price tag comes with a greater need for care and a shorter life span.
Porcelain dental crowns are best at matching the natural color of the teeth. Like resin dental crowns, porcelain crowns are also weaker. Thus, they can also chip away from use. Porcelain crowns can also damage the neighboring teeth that come in contact with them.
These are a great option for those who suffer from a metal allergy. Ceramic dental crowns carry a strong porcelain cap on top to match the natural color of teeth. At Queen Anne Family Dental we use all of the latest equipment in dental technology to make the process of placing dental crowns as comfortable for our patients as possible. We offer all types of dental crowns, but our team of dentists specializes in placing ceramic crowns.
Benefits of Ceramic Crowns
Ceramic dental crowns are also called pressed ceramic crowns. They are the best option for dental crowns as they are the longest-lasting and safer than all other dental crowns. Ceramic crowns have a strong inner core that protects damaged teeth more. Even when the porcelain cap chips away after years of use, the ceramic crown doesn’t look unsightly nor damage its neighboring teeth. The ceramic core also ensures tooth protection if the patient cannot get the porcelain cap repaired in time. However, two-layer dental crown maintenance is also easier and more cost-effective than other dental crowns.
Same Day Crowns
Besides being the safest and longest-lasting, ceramic crowns can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. At Queen Anne Family Dental, we carry advanced dental equipment to take 3D pictures of patient’s mouths and create computer-aided 3D dental crowns from a block of ceramic. Of course, our expert dentists or will check your mouth for cavities, treat your damaged tooth, and only then place a ceramic dental crown over it.
If you are looking for same-day crowns, please call us today at (206) 424-4450 to schedule your appointment.