In dentistry, a crown can be either the portion of the natural tooth that protrudes visibly from the gum line in an unmodified tooth or a term used for synthetically crafted tooth used to cover a weakened existing tooth.
Artificially crafted dental crowns are natural-looking, tooth-shaped caps that cover a damaged or missing tooth. Dentists recommend when your tooth is damaged or broken down so much that a filling will not be sufficient. Dental crowns are one of the most reliable solutions for major dental problems that have resulted in a damaged or missing tooth.
Different methods of crown restoration are available, each using a different crown material.
Different types of crown material include:
Gold crowns, known for their strength and durability, are a combination of copper and other metals, such as nickel or chromium. Gold crowns are not a popular choice because of its color and aesthetics, but some dentists may recommend it for back restorations depending on each patient’s needs.
Porcelain crowns made of porcelain material is the most popular type of crown now.
Here, as the name suggests, porcelain and metal are fused, offering the benefits of both. Due to the metal structure, they provide strength, and due to the porcelain coat that covers the cap, they provide aesthetics.
Zirconium is a new material used to make crowns and have become popular lately. They combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain crowns.
E- MAX is an all-ceramic crown made of lithium disilicate.
Base metal alloy crowns are composed of non-noble metals that can resist corrosion, creating a durable crown. Stainless steel or aluminum is used for temporary crowns, whereas nickel, chromium, or iron is used for permanent crowns.
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