What is the Difference Between Porcelain and Other Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns have traditionally been made from a selection of different materials. At See Me Smile Dental we recommend porcelain crowns as we believe this is the material that is the perfect balance of function and appearance. Porcelain dental crowns are strong, comfortable, and if cared for properly, will not need to be replaced. They are matched to your natural teeth color and therefore blend in the best and usually go unnoticed.
What Are Stainless Steel Dental Crowns?
These are sometimes used as a temporary option until a permanent crown is created and customized to fit. These have been used primarily for children's primary teeth. The metal crown protects the tooth until it is ready to fall out naturally and then the metal crown falls out with it.
They have also been used in the past as a more affordable option, but because of the silver color, unlike porcelain crowns, they do not look like your natural teeth.
What Are Gold and Platinum Dental Crowns?
The metal used in crowns is an alloy with a high content of gold and platinum which means these are a more expensive option, although the alloy can also be created with nickel, cobalt and chromium mixes.
Metal crowns rarely chip or break though some do not find them as appealing cosmetically since the metal or alloy retains its original color.
What Are Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal Dental Crowns?
The color of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be adapted to match your teeth. This is not the longest lasting option, however, as the materials aren't as strong as other options. A tooth capped with this type of crown can also cause wearing to the adjacent teeth.
What Are Resin Dental Crowns?
These crowns are the least expensive option initially, however they do need to be replaced more often. They can be prone to fractures as well.