When it comes to choosing what kind of material you would like for your crowns, there are a number of different options available here at Glasgow Dentist. Some restorative materials are used primarily for durability purposes, whilst others are used in order to gain a more natural look. It can be an overwhelming task choosing which material is best suited for you, however, we can provide you with all you need to know before making your decision when you book a consultation.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the visible part of a tooth, which may have been damaged in an accident or due to tooth decay. The purpose of a dental cap is to restore the appearance, strength, size, and shape of any damaged teeth.
There are various materials from which a dental crown can be made from, including porcelain, zirconia, metal, and gold. Each material serves a different purpose. Below you can find a brief overview of each material, along with which material is best for different circumstances.
Starting with the most durable out of the dental crown materials is gold. Gold has been used for many years in dental procedures and not without reason. It is an extremely long-lasting material, which is durable even when it starts to thin over the years. This means that the affected tooth is conserved better, resulting in a stronger preservation of the tooth.
Not only is it beneficial for the tooth in question, it is also gentle on the teeth that it surrounds, reducing the likelihood of sensitivity in comparison to other processes. From a cosmetic perspective, it may not always be a desirable material to use compared to others such as porcelain. However, this material is best suited for back teeth where aesthetic concerns are less and for patients who have the tendency to grind or clench their teeth on a regular basis.
Unlike gold, porcelain provides a more natural appearance and is available in a variety of lifelike shades. Porcelain can be more appealing to patients who consider cosmetic results as a priority.
Asides from the evident aesthetic benefits, porcelain can reduce sensitivity that can be experienced during the process as it reacts less to hot or cold drinks and foods. Although porcelain is not as durable as other materials such as gold, it can be combined with metal and gold to achieve aesthetically pleasing, yet durable results, which provide support for the effective restoration of the affected tooth. The metal and gold forms the base of the crown, whilst the porcelain is fused on top, which achieves the perfect balance of strength and longevity and cosmetic results.
Perhaps one of the best options available is the use of zirconia. Zirconia is renowned for its durability and acts as the perfect accompaniment for porcelain. Used as a base for porcelain, zirconia is less visible than a metal or gold base and mimics the appearance of natural teeth.
The combination of zirconia and porcelain is stronger than that of a porcelain and gold fusion, which leads to more durable results. Zirconia provides an ideal solution for longevity, with an even better cosmetic result. It is also a cheaper alternative to any gold or gold-based crowns, a winner for most patients!
Before making your final decision, it is best to consult with a dental professional to find the perfect fit for you. At Glasgow Dentists, we care about our patients and want the best solution for you and your teeth. Contact our team today with any questions you may have and to find out more.