Different Types of Dental Crowns Explained
If your dentist has mentioned in passing that you may potentially need a dental crown in the near future, you might be looking into your different options for dental crowns. While porcelain dental crowns are our specialty at Al Berger, DDS, we want to give our patients all of the information they need to make decisions about the right dental crown for them. Below you will find all of the different types of dental crowns explained.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
The first question you might be asking is why you need a dental crown in the first place. To start, you might need a dental crown because your tooth is weak and it needs protection. It can become weak from having multiple fillings, from it breaking, or from too much too decay. Dental crowns can also be used to protect teeth that have suffered a lot of damage. If your tooth is broken, chipped or cracked, a dental crown can be used to cover the damage and protect your tooth from any further damage.
Dental crowns are also commonly used to support teeth that have had a large filling inside. Fillings are not as strong as natural teeth so a dental crown will be placed over the tooth for extra support. Dental crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place as well as to replace missing teeth when connected to a dental implant. Not only are dental crowns used for restorative purposes, but also to make your teeth more aesthetically pleasing. They can cover stains, discolored teeth, misshaped teeth and more. If any of these circumstances sound like you, a dental crown might be good for you.
Stainless Steel Dental Crowns
One of the different types of dental crowns you have the option of receiving is a stainless steel dental crown. Stainless steel crowns are crowns that are pre-made only to be used as a temporary crown. It will protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent dental crown to be made with a different material. It will cover your entire tooth while it protects it from further tooth decay. Once your permanent crown is ready, we will replace this dental crown with it. Stainless steel dental crowns can be used on children’s teeth since they are cost-effective and children lose their teeth naturally anyways. If your child needs a dental crown to protect their tooth from future decay, when your child loses their tooth, the crown will come off right with it.
Metal Dental Crowns
Another one of the different types of dental crowns available is metal dental crowns. Metal dental crowns have alloys that are made of platinum, gold, or they have base metal alloys made of nickel-chromium or cobalt-chromium. These types of dental crowns can withstand the highest chewing and biting force and last longer when it comes to wearing down. Metal crowns are also less likely to break or chip. The only downside is that they are unsightly looking. If you need a crown for a back molar, this might be a good option.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Dental Crowns
If you are concerned about having a dental crown that looks like your natural tooth, this is one of your best options. A dental crown that has porcelain fused to metal is a dental crown that has porcelain resin on the outside. This means the outside will look like a natural tooth. The inside, however, is made of metal. You may also notice a dark line near the gums because of the underlying metal. We recommend this type of dental crown for the back of your mouth where it can’t be seen.
All-Resin Dental Crowns
Another one of the different types of dental crowns out there is the all-resin dental crowns. These types of dental crowns are made completely out of resin. They are less expensive than other dental crowns but also do not last as long. These will result in breaks, wear or fractures much easier.
All-Porcelain or All-Ceramic Dental Crowns
At Al Berger, DDS we like to use all-porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns at our dental office. These dental crowns look completely natural and are ideal for patients who may have a metal allergy. We highly recommend these for any teeth in the front of your mouth since they look so natural.
Temporary Dental Crowns
The last type of dental crown you may encounter is a temporary dental crown. Temporary crowns can be made out of many different materials. Depending on which type of dental crown you are getting, you might need a temporary crown to wear in place of the permanent while the permanent one is being crafted in a dental lab.
Dental Crowns Procedure
The procedure for your dental crown is actually quite simple. To start, our Oakdale dental crowns dentist will prepare your tooth for the dental crown if it is deemed necessary. Following your prep work, we will use our iTero digital scanner to take impressions of your teeth digitally, no goop involved. We will send these impressions off to our dental lab where your dental crown will be constructed. In the meantime, we will provide you with a temporary dental crown to wear while you wait. Once your dental crown returns from the lab, we will permanently install it in your mouth. This simple procedure will have you feeling great and on your way!
Visit Our Oakdale Dental Crowns Dentist
If you need a dental crown in Oakdale, look no further than Al Berger, DDS. Not only can we take impressions without goop, but we can have your beautiful dental crown crafted in no time. Give us a call or use our contact form to schedule an appointment for your next dental crown. We can ensure that your dental crown looks natural and provides you with lots of support and protection for your tooth.