Choosing Your Crown

Monday 23rd May 2016

Breaking a tooth is much easier than you might think. Simply biting into something like a very ripe looking nectarine and connecting with the stone and you could end up missing a piece. When it is one of your back teeth, it might not seem like such a big deal, but when it is in front, you will want to rectify the situation as soon as possible. All you have to decide on now is what type of crown to choose?

Temporary Crowns

Before getting a permanent crown, your dentist can create a temporary crown. Unlike the permanent crown which is made in a dental laboratory, your dentist can make a temporary one in their office out of acrylic or stainless steel. The goal is to temporarily restore your tooth until the full crown is ready.

Metal versus Porcelain

Metal crowns are most usually made out of gold alloy, but can also be made out of palladium or nickel alloys, among others. Metal crowns usually only require minimum work on your tooth's structure, and are much longer lasting than most other options. However, the metallic color makes it a less attractive option.

Alternatively you could go with a porcelain crown, designed to blend in with your existing teeth. It is also ideal for people allergic to metal. Unfortunately, they are significantly weaker than metal crowns and tend to wear down much more quickly.

A combination of porcelain fused to metal can be a viable alternative, but the disadvantage is that it increases the wear on your adjoining teeth. This type has a metal base, with an outer porcelain layer. The metal base can become visible you need to that into consideration when making your choice.

If you are allergic to metal and porcelain, there is also a synthetic resin material option that can be used in this case.

Your dentist will help you decide which option is the best solution. Make an appointment straight away to return your smile to its previous glory, and remember to cut your fruit in the future