Dentists use dental crowns suitable for each individual patient — determined by the location in the mouth for placement, the functionality needed from the tooth and the aesthetic results desired.
The procedure for all types of crown is the same to attach dental crowns to strengthen natural teeth or to provide a replacement tooth with dental implants.
Types of Dental Crowns
Ceramic Dental Crowns
Dental crowns made from all-ceramic material provide patients the most natural looking aesthetic result. All-ceramic crowns can be made from porcelain, dental ceramic or dental resin and can be matched to blend in with the color of natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are not as durable as metal or gold crowns and so are not recommended for use on back molars.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns are the most commonly applied dental crown. Dental technicians in Mexico construct this type of crown by making an inner shell of metal. This inner crown is then covered with a porcelain veneer to create an opaque finish that matches natural teeth. Porcelain dental crowns are recommended by dentists for front and back teeth as the metal gives the crown strength and durability while the porcelain covering disguises the crown once placed over the natural tooth.
Metal crowns are commonly used to cap teeth at the back of the mouth where the reconstruction will not be visible. Metal dental crowns are strong replicas and replace or cap teeth that need to have chewing functionality. This type of dental crown is extremely durable and is likely to last for a long time without being damaged.
The main advantage of a gold crown is that the strength of the crown is similar to that of tooth enamel. This means that gold crowns will not put additional pressure on adjacent teeth when biting or chewing. As with metal dental crowns, gold crowns are used to replace molar teeth that are not visible when patients smile.
Which Type of Dental Crown Should I Choose
Dental crowns provide different functionalities. Dentists in Mexico may recommend porcelain dental crowns as be the best option to replace only the part of the tooth that is visible, while the metal will protect the whole outer surface of the tooth.
Dental crowns to replace missing molars in the back of the mouth should be replaced with metal or gold alloys as the cosmetic appearance of the crowns is not as important and the alloy metal provide more protection to teeth and are less likely to break.
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