Choosing Crowns: What is the Best Dental Crown Material?

Teeth can Dentist showing teeth xrayweaken or break up because of decay or trauma. They can turn yellow or even black. You can lose them as well. To remedy such problems, you can rely on dental crowns, perhaps one of the most common dental solutions.

Choose your dental crown from an array of materials offered by your dental lab in UK. Read on to learn about the different materials.

Dental crown basics

You may already know about dental crowns. Crowns are tooth-shaped and serve to cover or replace a tooth. Dentists usually use them to cover discoloured and weakened teeth or to act as teeth in dental solutions such as dental bridges and dental implants.

Choose your material

Now, you may be in line for a dental crown yourself, or you have a family member who will receive a dental crown. There are several options as to the make of your crown. The material is important as it determines the durability, longevity and cost of your dental crown.

  • Metal

For one, you can choose metal crowns. The metals can be gold alloy, a base-metal alloy, or other alloys such as palladium. Metal ones have a high resistance to regular wear and tear and high longevity.

They offer nothing regarding appearance, however, making them ideal for molars, or back teeth.

  • Ceramic or porcelain

For front teeth, you can choose an all-ceramic or all-porcelain material. Such crowns provide a more natural appearance that matches the colour of your natural teeth. You can also use such crowns when your body rejects metal crowns due to allergies.

Ceramic or porcelain provide less durability and longevity, however.

  • Zirconia

Perhaps the best material you can choose is zirconia. Zirconia crowns offer the natural looking appearance of ceramic or porcelain crowns as well as the strength and toughness of metal crowns.

Zirconia crowns have high costs, but with the significant properties that zirconia has, the higher price may well be worth it.

You, or your family member, can choose from several other materials for dental crowns such as E-Max, PFM, and gold. Visit your dental lab for more details.