Understanding the Different Types of Dental Crowns

Are you in need of a dental crown? Whether you have a cracked, chipped, broken, or severely decayed tooth, a crown is one option to correct it. A crown is an artificial tooth cap that fits over the base of an existing tooth. Its main advantage is that it allows you to keep the natural root of the tooth in place. Most crowns can last for the rest of your life, looking and functioning just like your natural tooth. 

There are different types of dental crowns made of different materials. Different types have different pros and cons. If you’re trying to decide which type would be best for you, this overview may help.

Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns

One of the most widely used types of crowns is ceramic or porcelain. These materials are essentially the same, porcelain being the specific type of ceramic that is used to make crowns. 

The advantages of porcelain crowns include:

The disadvantages of porcelain crowns include:

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

These crowns offer a combination of both metal and porcelain. The base that fits over the existing tooth is metal with a porcelain top for a natural look.

The advantages of porcelain fused to metal crowns include:

The disadvantages of porcelain fused to metal crowns include:

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconium is a naturally occurring metal that happens to be white, making it ideal for dental crowns because of its strength and color.

The advantages of zirconia crowns include:

The disadvantages of zirconia crowns include:

E-Max Lithium Disilicate Crowns

This material is like ceramic but made out of lithium disilicate, a chemical compound that is known for its strength and transparency.

The advantages of E-Max Lithium Disilicate Crowns include:

The disadvantages of E-Max Lithium Disilicate Crowns include:

CEREC Same Day Crowns

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) Same Day Crowns are made of ceramic/porcelain. The difference between CEREC Same Day Crowns and regular ceramic/porcelain crowns is that these are created and fitted in just one visit.

The advantages of CEREC Same Day Crowns Include:

The disadvantages of CEREC Same Day Crowns Include:

Interested in a CEREC Same Day Crown? Visit Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry

At Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry we offer CEREC Same Day Crowns for the comfort and convenience of our patients. We know that you don’t want to spend many hours on multiple days in the dentist chair or waiting room to get a crown placed. With CEREC crowns you can come in for your appointment, have your tooth measured, and have a crown created and placed in that one visit. Only in rare cases do we have to see you back the next day to place your crown, like in a situation where your appointment is late in the day. You never have to wait weeks with a temporary crown to have your permanent one placed as other types may require. 

Call (212) 533-6782 today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment. We look forward to helping you get your crown easily and conveniently.

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