There are different types of crowns that you can get from your dentist’s office. One of these crowns, which is the one that seems to be the most popular, is porcelain. When this crown is placed in your mouth, your dentist will actually fuse it to metal. This is called a PFM crown and is usually a high gold alloy and all ceramic. Dentists have been using this type of crown for decades and it seems to be the popular among them. If you have ever gotten a crown, this is probably the type that you have in your mouth.
Gold alloy crowns are crowns that have been fused with gold, copper, and some other materials. This is a very strong crown that generally does not fracture or break. It holds up very well on the tooth once it has been put in place.
There are also base-metal crowns that are very durable and hold up pretty well. They are made of non-noble metals and require the tooth to be very healthy in order to use this type. These are some of the strongest crowns.
The majority of ceramic crowns that we make are Zirconium Oxide. We use it primarily on the back teeth. While Zirconium Oxide is sturdy and durable,aesthetically it is not quite as natural looking as the other types of ceramics. It is the type of crown that will look fine on your back teeth because your friends will not be looking that far into your mouth. Some of our patients ask for them on their front teeth, which we can do. Not a lot of people could spot one if you decide you want them on your front teeth, but we generally will suggest the crowns made of Lithium Disillicate. This type of crown is very strong and it can go on the front or back teeth. It looks so much like your real teeth that no one will even know its there. Not even you!
Many of the crowns that we use can be made in the office. We have the equipment that will make the crowns and help to get you out of the office very quickly. Technology is always changing and the dental world is no different. The only crown that cannot be made in the office is the Zirconium Oxide crown. It is such a hard material that it would take a long time for us to make it in the office.
Although, we know you will need a crown soon, if we cannot make it in the office, we will fit you for a temporary crown. Our lab will usually make it in 6 days. This is quick compared to many other labs. If you do need a crown, we can fit you and get you on your way to having a beautiful mouth.
Getting a crown is much easier than it sounds. We will give you the options that we have for you and you can tell us exactly what you want when it comes time to fit you for the perfect crown.