Different Types of Dental Crowns
If your dentist recommends placing a dental crown, then he will help you select the crown material that works best for you, such as:
- All-porcelain crowns – Porcelain becomes strong and durable when fused to a sturdy understructure, like a tooth. Porcelain crowns offer the most true-to-life esthetics and are the best choice for placing in the front of your smile.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns – Outer layers of dental porcelain encase a sturdy metal core in this combination crown that offers realistic looks and a high level of strength. PFM crowns can withstand the pressure and biting forces experienced in the back of the mouth, making them an ideal option for placing on molars.
- Zirconia crowns – This type of dental porcelain is so strong, it’s nearly unbreakable. Zirconia crowns can be made from pure zirconia or have a two part structure, with a zirconia inner core and layers of translucent porcelain on the outside.
- Metal crowns – Metal crowns are still a popular choice since they are long-lasting and will not damage opposing teeth. Because they don’t blend with the surrounding teeth, metal crowns are best suited for the back of the mouth.