Maintaining good dental hygiene can go a long way in protecting your teeth. Yet, there are times you may need help, and that often means a dental crown. This restorative option is a remedy for damaged or broken teeth and can blend in with your natural teeth, so your smile isn’t affected.
While most dental crowns are durable, the materials they are made from can differ. Each material type has its pros and cons, and knowing these can aid you in choosing the one that is best for your needs.
Why Might I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can restore teeth’s functionality and health and protect them from future damage. A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap inserted over the top of what remains of your natural tooth and helps to improve the appearance and overall functionality.
A dental crown is a solution for a variety of dental issues, and you might need one for the following reasons.
- To restore cracked or broken teeth
- To protect weakened teeth, such as after undergoing a root canal
- To support what is left of the natural tooth, often due to large fillings or excessive wear and tear
- To cover dental implants or hold a dental bridge in place
- As a cosmetic dentistry option to improve your smile
Because of the role dental crowns play, they require materials that are strong enough to handle a comparable amount of force similar to that of your natural teeth. While appearance is important, especially if they are being placed within the smile zone, so too are strength, durability, and potential longevity.
What is the Strongest Type of Dental Crown?
Today you have more choices when it comes to the material in which crowns are made. While all are beneficial and durable, some may be stronger than others and may be the better way to go for the long term. Much will depend on where the crown will be placed in your mouth and how you care for it over the long term.
Overall, as long as you continue to practice good oral hygiene, including regular cleanings and dental exams, your crown can last ten years or longer. Below are the strongest types of dental crowns.
Ceramic crowns are one of the strongest types available today. They stand up well to wear and tear and can last up to 15 years or more. Custom-made to fit your mouth and match surrounding teeth, crowns made of ceramic are a top choice for appearance and durability.
You will need to remain careful in how you use them, however, and avoid biting down on ice, nuts, and other hard items too often. Doing so can cause them to chip, crack, or break, much like your natural teeth.
A newer way to go and still get the same strength is with CEREC crowns, which can be created and inserted in your mouth usually within one visit. Don’t let the fast turnaround time fool you, however. These crowns are resilient, durable, and long lasting while blending in naturally with your surrounding teeth in both look and feel.
For a natural look, porcelain ceramic crowns are hard to beat. They are often used in the smile zone of the mouth, blending in completely with your other teeth. These crowns are somewhat fragile and may chip or break if bite pressure is too intense. For this reason, dentists often recommend not putting them on molars as these teeth often take the brunt of regular daily chewing. Instead, this type of crown is usually recommended for the surfaces of your top front teeth.
Composite crowns are also natural looking and blend in with your other teeth. They are less likely than porcelain crowns to chip or break but are not highly durable for regular chewing. Normal everyday brushing can also wear away at the outer shell, causing them to lose its shiny, natural appearance. This option is often good for the bottom row of front teeth.
Crowns made of metal are one of the strongest types available. You can count on them to provide years of use with limited worry of chipping or breaking. Yet, the downside to these crowns is their appearance. If you need a crown for your molars, however, these may be a good option.
Combining porcelain and metal amalgam materials, this crown type provides both strength and durability, as well as a natural look and feel. They will not easily chip or break with regular chewing. A downside to this type of crown is that the metal part that sits at the gum lines can show if your gums recede due to gum disease.
Which type of dental crown will you choose? When it comes to making dental decisions like this, the best way to start is by first discussing options with your dentist and learning the pros and cons for your particular situation.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About CEREC Dental Crowns Today
Maintaining your smile and the functionality of your teeth is easier than ever today with the help of dental crowns. With the technological advancement of 3D-aided CEREC crowns, you usually only need one appointment to replace damaged or unsightly teeth, and they are strong enough to last 15 years or longer. Contact Dr. Richard Barry and his team at Lifetime Dental Health today to learn more and schedule an appointment.