If your dentist tells you that you need a crown what type of crown should you get? All crowns are not created equal. There are different types of crowns for different modalities. For instance, some crowns are better for anterior (front) teeth, while others are better suited to back teeth, or molars. Placing a crown is not a complex procedure. While a crown procedure is more invasive than a cosmetic bonding procedure, it is not nearly as invasive or complex as an implant. So, if you were to need a crown, which type would you want to be crowned with?
Types of Crowns To Choose From
There are four types of dental crowns and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Some factors to consider when deciding which crown is best for you are the strength of the material, whether or not it is long-lasting and durable, and whether or not you need your dental restoration to blend with surrounding dentition.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): Porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crowns are known for their strength and are often the treatment of choice for molars. The body of the crown is fabricated from metal for strength and then coated with porcelain to blend with surrounding teeth.
All-metal: Metal crowns are the strongest crowns because you do not have the problems with the porcelain layer cracking or chipping. All-metal crowns are almost always used for molars because of their strength and durability. They are an especially good treatment for people who grind and clench their teeth (bruxers).
All-ceramic: Ceramic crowns are usually made from porcelain and are used in areas where esthetics is a concern, particularly front teeth.
Zirconia: Some dentists offer zirconia crowns. These crowns are fracture and chip resistant, strong and esthetic, and are also often the treatment of choice for patients who brux.
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