What are Dental Crowns Made Of?

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There are several reasons why you may need a dental crown. A crown is a cap that is shaped like a tooth and is used to cover a tooth.

In this article, we’ll discuss why you might need a dental crown and how different types of crowns are made.

Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?

A crown may be required to protect a weakened tooth. There could be several reasons why the strength of the tooth has been compromised. For example, if it has been broken, worn down, or if it has a large filling.

Another reason for a crown placement is to hold a dental bridge in place. A bridge is used to fill in the gap left from a missing tooth or teeth. They are also common after an endodontic procedure.

Dental implants are the most natural-looking option for filling in a missing tooth. When the abutment is placed for the implant a crown is then created to go over the top of the root created by the implant.

What are Crowns Made Of?

Metal crowns are created from a variety of materials. They could be stainless steel or alloys made from gold or platinum. Stainless steel crowns are the most common choice for pediatric dentists for use in children because they don’t require more than one office visit and they are very cost-effective.

While they are able to withstand the wear and tear of biting and chewing, the cost of metal alloy crowns made of gold or platinum can be a deterrent. They are often the best option to consider if you require a crown for a molar that is not visible.  

Porcelain fused to metal gives the appearance of a more natural-looking tooth. The porcelain is shade-matched to the adjacent teeth. However, the metal underneath can sometimes make the porcelain appear darker but Vertrue Dental Lab is able to alter the color of the metal for a customized color.

Resin crowns are the most cost-effective options when it comes to crowns however you do pay for what you get since they are prone to fracturing and may not last as long as the other options. 

For those with metal allergies, ceramic crowns provide an option that is very natural and is able to be color-matched to the surrounding teeth.

Vertrue Dental Lab is your one-stop shop for all your dental crown needs, contact us today.