The 2 Types of Dental Crowns

It is important to choose the right type of dental crown for your needs. These are 2 of the most common types of dental crowns to choose from.
The 2 Types of Dental Crowns
October 14, 2022

More than three million dental implants are placed each year in the United States alone. These ultra-secure posts then go on to hold any number of tooth replacements, including crowns.

A crown is a cap that goes over the top of a dental implant, or it is placed to sheath a damaged tooth. Either way, the crown strengthens your tooth and bite and, in some cases, makes it look better, too. 

But before you head to your local dentist for a dental crown, let's explore your options. There are a handful of different types of crowns – some materials suit certain budgets or visions better than others. Here are five of the most common materials used, and why they're right – or wrong – for what you seek from your dental crowns.

1. Porcelain Dental Crowns

One type of crown offered at Advanced Smiles Marion is the porcelain crown. If you have a tooth in need of a crown, then this may very well be your best option.

Why is that? It's because porcelain comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, meaning you can match it seamlessly with your teeth. So, if you place a porcelain crown on your front teeth, it will be invisible to the eye. 

As you can imagine, porcelain is therefore one of the most commonly selected materials when it comes to cosmetic enhancements by way of a crown. Porcelain crowns can help reshape and re-size a damaged tooth. On top of that, they're a great alternative for people who have metal allergies and can't have that material in their mouths..

The most durable type of crown that we use at Advanced Smiles Marion is the zirconia porcelain crown. Better yet, we are able to create your crown the same day due to our advanced technology.  No more multiple appointments to finish your crown work.


2. Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns differ from metal crowns because, although they look quite similar, they cannot last in your mouth for very long. Most stand in place for about four years before they require replacement.

As such, if your dentist is considering a stainless steel crown, they are offering you a temporary fix ahead of a more permanent solution to your tooth damage or loss. Because of this, Advanced Smiles Marion only uses stainless steel crowns on baby teeth.  It is the perfect solution for baby teeth that have a significant amount of decay.  

 If you get a stainless steel crown, know it's not permanent, but that your tooth is in good, strong hands for the time being.

Which Crown Will You Choose?

You've now read up on two different types of crowns that your dentist can use.

At Advanced Smiles Marion, it's our goal to give you the smile you envision. So, whether that's with a crown or a cosmetic treatment, or a simple check-up, we're here to help.

Click here to contact us today and get started on your journey to your perfect smile.

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