NYC Center for Dental Implants does many cosmetic crowns at our Manhattan facility. A crown is essentially a cap for a tooth. Crowns are used to save badly damaged or deteriorated teeth, while serving as a support to a bridge when needed. Types of crowns include metal alloy, gold allow, ceramic and porcelain fused crowns.
Crowns provide strength to the tooth, and they can be made to blend with the surrounding teeth if done with cosmetic-grade materials. Dentists also use crowns as part of the dental implant procedure. Dentists use each of these crowns in different situations, based on a combination of preference and cost to the patient.
There are four main types of crowns:
- Base metal alloy crowns
- Gold alloy crowns
- Ceramic crowns
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
Base metal alloy crowns
Base metal alloy crowns are made from metal such as stainless steel and can be used in many different situations where the color of the crown does not have to match the tooth. This can be true for younger children, when a crown is needed over a baby tooth. It can also be a good fit for those who need a crown on a back tooth that does not show when smiling.
The material these crowns are made from is strong, and can hold up to bite forces quite well. They don’t chip or wear like other materials. Metal alloys are the easiest to cast and polish, provide an accurate fit to the tooth and allow room for adjustment. In addition they are highly resistant to corrosion.
Gold alloy crowns
Gold alloy crowns are very similar to the base metal alloy option, just made of a different combination of materials, and gold in color. Again, these crowns are extremely durable, have a high resistance to corrosion and allow for easy adjustment when needed.
While not quite as sturdy as their metal counterparts, ceramic crowns offer a seamless blend with the surrounding teeth. Ceramic crowns can be color matched, and look just like the natural teeth around them once placed. This makes them an excellent option for front teeth or for teeth that will show when you smile or speak. Out of all the various types of crowns, these are typically the best cosmetic option.
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown provides a good combination of aesthetics and durability. These crowns are basically a cap of metal that has a porcelain coating. While these structures provide much of the durability of metal along with the visual appeal of ceramic crowns, fused crowns rarely look quite as seamless as a full ceramic crown, and they do run some risks of damage since they are not all metal.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to selecting the right crown. Our team will help you choose the option that is right for your unique needs. Contact us today to get started.
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