The Various Types of Dental Crowns

There are several different types of dental crowns currently available on the market. Regardless if you will receive a stainless steel or ceramic crown, they all require specific care. It is important to understand each crown type and their purpose. The following information will give you a thorough break down of the various types of dental crowns on the market.

Resin Crown

This type of crown is great for people that do not want to spend a large amount of money on dental work. Resin crowns are great for front teeth because they are not exposed to the wear and tear that back teeth are exposed to. 

Zirconian Crowns

Zirconian crowns are extraordinarily tough. The zirconian crown is also biocompatible and requires very little tooth removal. This type of crown looks very natural and can handle most wear and tear. 

Metal Based Crowns

The original metal crown was "gold" in color. Metal crowns are made from dental alloys because an "all metal" crown would corrode. A "dental alloy" is simply a mixture of metals that offers superior strength, longevity and biocompatibility. The majority of metal crowns have a metal interior and porcelain exterior. The metal crown is one of the least expensive crowns available because its materials are relatively inexpensive.

Stainless Steel Crown

Stainless steel crowns are rarely used on adults. The main purpose of a stainless steel crown is to protect the tooth until another tooth replaces the old one. Children are often given stainless steel crowns because they work as a short term fix until their baby tooth falls out. This type of crown is fairly inexpensive and stress free.

The Difference between Permanent and Temporary Crowns

A permanent crown must be created in a lab environment. Temporary crowns will almost always be created during your dentist appointment. The majority of temporary crown usually consist of acrylic (unless the patient is a child) because they are only used for a short period of time.

Caring For Temporary Crowns

Temporary crowns require special care because they are not made to last long. It is important to refrain from chewing sticky foods because it may separate the crown from the original tooth. It is also necessary to chew away from the crown. If the crown is on the left side of your mouth, keep your food on the right side. Flossing can always separate the crown, so be mindful when flossing your teeth.