By Dow Dental
December 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Although your teeth are meant to stand the test of time, sometimes decay and injury mean they need added interventions. When this occurs, dental crowns can help. Also known as “caps,” dental crowns are available at our Springfield, OR dentist’s office in a variety of materials. The right material for you can depend upon a number of factors: the crown’s appearance, its durability and its costs.

Three chief types of dental crown materials exist: all-ceramic or all-porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal and gold.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking crowns. This is because these materials are tooth-colored. They are ideal for crowns being placed in the front of the mouth because they are more visible. In addition, these crown types are beneficial to people with metal allergies because they are metal-free. However, ceramic crowns are not as durable as their metal counterparts, meaning they may be subject to chipping or cracking as well as require replacing in anywhere from five to 10 years.

Gold crowns are typically used in the back portion of the teeth because the crown is less visible in this area. While gold crowns may not be natural-looking as their ceramic counterparts, they are very durable and less subject to breakdown if a person habitually grinds or clenches his or her teeth. Additionally, gold crowns tend to be the longest-lasting, lasting longer than two decades in many instances.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a method to combine the best of both worlds when it comes to crowns. They feature the natural-looking porcelain combined with the underlying metal that ensures the crown will be long-lasting. The chief drawback for this crown type is that the underlying metal can start to show through over time. This could mean you will want to replace the crown earlier to maintain a similar aesthetic result.

Our Springfield, OR dentists can discuss the right materials for your dental crown. Call (541) 726-9644 to schedule an appointment.