Dental Crowns in the Triad of North Carolina
Dental Crowns, also known as “dental caps” or “tooth caps”, can be made from metal (gold or other metal alloys), ceramic materials (such as porcelain), or a combination of both. In general, you should rely on your dentist’s judgment and advice as to which of these types of crowns would be most appropriate for your situation.
Full-porcelain dental crowns
Some dental crowns are fabricated in a manner where their full thickness is porcelain (dental ceramic). These crowns can possess a translucency that makes them the most cosmetically pleasing of all of the different types of dental crowns. Although they can be very life like in appearance, the overall strength of all-porcelain dental crowns is less than other types of crowns. While they can be a good choice for front teeth, due to the hefty chewing and biting forces that humans can generate, all-porcelain dental crowns may not be the best choice for back teeth. Your dentist’s judgment will be required on this point.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are somewhat of a hybrid between metal crowns and porcelain crowns. When they are made the dental technician first makes a shell of metal that fits over the tooth. A veneering of porcelain is then fused over this metal (in a high heat oven), giving the crown a white tooth-like appearance. Depending on the requirements of your situation, these crowns are sometimes made where the porcelain veneer only covers those aspects of the crown that is readily visible (meaning the other portions of the crown have a metal surface). In other cases these crowns are pretty much fully surfaced with porcelain.