Different Types of Dental Crowns: Which Is Right for You?

Selecting the right type of dental crown is pivotal in ensuring the longevity, functionality, and aesthetics of your dental treatment. With advancements in dental technology and materials, there is a variety of crown options available to suit different needs and preferences. Understanding these options can empower you to make informed decisions about your dental health in collaboration with your dental care provider.

Dental crowns serve as caps placed over teeth that are damaged, decayed, or in need of restoration. They are designed to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the tooth. The choice of crown material can depend on several factors, including the tooth’s location, the extent of the visible tooth remaining, the patient’s gum tissue health, and personal preference regarding aesthetics.

One common type of crown is made from porcelain or ceramic, offering a color and texture that closely matches natural teeth, making them an ideal choice for front teeth restorations. These materials are highly favored for their ability to blend seamlessly with your natural smile, providing strength and durability while also maintaining a natural appearance.

Metal crowns, made from gold, platinum, or base-metal alloys, are incredibly durable and able to withstand biting and chewing forces well. They are less likely to chip or break than other types and have a longer lifespan. Metal crowns are an excellent option for out-of-sight molars, especially for patients who have habits such as teeth grinding or clenching.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns offer a combination of the durability of metal with the aesthetic appeal of porcelain, providing a stronger bond than porcelain alone and a more natural tooth color. However, the metal underlying the porcelain can sometimes show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line, and more of the existing tooth needs to be removed to accommodate this type of crown.

All-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other types but wear down over time and are more prone to fractures compared to porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. They can be a cost-effective solution but may need to be replaced more frequently.

At Houston Dental Implants, we understand that every mouth is unique, and so is every crown. We prioritize a thorough consultation with our patients to determine which type of crown is best suited to their individual needs and lifestyle. Our ‘one stop shop’ capability ensures that we can manage your entire treatment process in-house, from initial consultation to crown placement.

Choosing the right dental crown is a crucial decision that affects not only the health and functionality of your tooth but also the overall aesthetics of your smile. We are committed to providing our patients with tailored, expert guidance to navigate their options and make informed choices. With Houston Dental Implants, you can trust that your smile restoration is in skilled hands, ensuring results that are not only functional but beautifully seamless with your natural smile.

Meet Dr. Gregory

Dr. Holly J. Gregory practices a full scope of periodontics with expertise ranging from dental implants to laser periodontal treatments, gum grafting, and Dr. Gregory can correct a wide variety of periodontal (gum) disease.
Our office is located at 19502 McKay Blvd., Suite 202, Humble, TX 77338. Call us today at (281) 446-9157.




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