Dental Crown and Its Types


When a tooth is cracked or decayed or smaller than you would like, a dental crown can be an excellent choice to return the tooth to its original shape and size. A dental crown is often made of porcelain, which fully encases the tooth. For added support, a dental crown can be bonded with dental cement to the natural tooth structure. It’s commonly used to repair broken teeth, conceal dental flaws, and support a bridge.

What are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are available in different material types, including metal alloy, porcelain fused to metal, all-porcelain, and zirconia. Your dentist will work with you to determine which material will best meet your needs. But if you only need to replace one tooth, a dental crown, either all-porcelain or metal, will usually work.

  • Metal alloy dental crowns are durable and strong, offering a long lifespan, but they leave a dark line along the gums. This line may be minimized by choosing a crown with a thinner frame.
  • Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns is a popular choice for back teeth because they are durable and resistant to chipping. However, the metal underneath the porcelain may show when a person smiles.
  • All-porcelain dental crowns offer the most natural appearance, with no dark line along the gums. While these crowns are not as strong as porcelain fused to metal, they are still very durable and resistant to chipping.
  • Zirconia dental crowns offer strength and durability, but they are more expensive.
  • Temporary dental crowns are sometimes used during dental procedures. These temporary crowns are usually made from acrylic or stainless steel.

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, or caps, are a durable way to restore damaged or missing teeth. These restorations can improve the appearance of your teeth while also protecting them from being damaged further. When patients choose to get dental crowns, they are usually either getting crowns for cosmetic reasons or getting crowns for restorative reasons.

How do I Care for a Dental Crown?

Because dental crowns are made of durable tooth-colored material, you can enjoy your normal daily routine without worrying about damaging your crown. However, you should still practice good oral hygiene habits by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. You should continue to visit the dentist for regular checkups to ensure that your dental crown is not damaged in any way. During the visit, your dentist will examine your crown to make sure that there are no chips or cracks and that your crown still fits properly.

If you want to learn more about a dental crown, contact Dental Arts of Boston at (617) 266-0441 today to book an appointment with the Dentist in Boston, MA. Our team can offer guidance and make product recommendations for your unique smile.



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