Choosing the Best Dental Crown for Your Smile
Did you know that the average American has lost twelve adult teeth by their 50th birthday?
Well, it’s true! This statistic is both unfortunate and scary, but it also is preventable. Caring for your teeth and going to the dentist regularly are crucial to keeping your teeth, but some problems are still bound to arise. However, these can almost always be taken care of quickly with a dental crown.
Preserving your smile for the rest of your life is important, so we’re going to talk today about some of the main types of crowns you can get. Read on to learn about four crown materials that you may be considering and which ones are the best to keep you looking and feeling like royalty!
One common material that’s often used for dental crowns is gold. People like this metal because it’s extremely sturdy and durable, meaning that it can last for many decades if you keep up your oral hygiene. Gold also does very little damage to the teeth adjacent to the one with the crown on it. This damage can be a problem for those who use materials such as silver or porcelain.
The only issue with gold can be that some people don’t like the color. If you don’t mind it, though, then this might be the right material for you!
Porcelain certainly solves your problem if you’re someone who doesn’t like the gold crown color. This material looks almost exactly like your natural teeth in both color and texture. It’s nearly impossible to tell that it’s there. While you may have heard that they can stain if you drink a lot of coffee or red wine, this isn’t a common occurrence and is nothing that you need to worry about.
Additionally, porcelain is a durable crown material and has been used for decades.
3. Zirconia and a ZMAX Smile
Both gold and porcelain are amazing, tried-and-true options for crowns. However, as dentistry progresses as a field, there are new technologies coming into play that work even better.
Zirconia is an artificial stone that ranks at 8.5 on the Mohs scale. It’s made from the metal zirconium, which is similar to titanium. Many dentists, including ours, use it to create sturdy and reliable dental applications.
This makes zirconia incredibly functional as a crown material. Because of its hardness, it has the durability to withstand decades of chewing. Many dentists use zirconia crowns specifically on molars and premolars because these are the teeth that get the most pressure. You’ll never have to worry about your crown breaking even when you chew and grind on the hardest foods.
Zirconia crowns also don’t react to chemicals and bacteria. Other metals and crown materials may decay over time because you consume acidic food. Zirconia won’t do this because it’s unreactive. It’s also biocompatible, which means that it isn’t going to cause you pain or inflammation of the gums.
But what about aesthetics?
Zirconia is almost white, but it doesn’t blend as seamlessly into your mouth as porcelain does. However, Duvall experts have come up with a solution: ZMAX solutions. This material is made from zirconia as well as other materials to give it the same look as your real teeth. We use ZMAX to provide you with all the strength and durability benefits of zirconia while giving your teeth a natural look.
Not to be confused with our special ZMAX solutions, Emax crowns are made from a lithium desilicated ceramic material. This material is desirable because it’s completely translucent and therefore invisible to even those who get close to your mouth.
Emax is likely the most durable crown material on the market. It basically never chips and is incredibly durable. If you treat it correctly, it can last a lifetime.
Many dentists choose to use zirconia for the molars and premolars while using Emax for your front teeth or canines. This is because it’s more important that your front teeth blend in with the rest of your mouth than the back teeth—people see them more often. However, because our ZMAX solutions are so attractive, you can get away with using them for your front teeth as well.
The only reason that you wouldn’t use Emax crowns on all of your teeth is that they’re more expensive than zirconia. This may be worth the investment to you if you’re really interested in getting the highest quality materials or need a crown on one of your four main front teeth. However, ZMAX is a good alternative and costs significantly less.
Our Dental Crown Application Process
No matter what material you decide on for your dental crowns, Duvall dentists have got you covered.
There are many different things that a dental crown can do for you. It can seal a tooth following a root canal, cover cosmetic flaws, mend decay, prevent the need for tooth extraction by preserving the structure, or combine with other dental restorations to replace a missing tooth. It’s a very versatile procedure!
Our professionals pride themselves on using the most updated techniques and materials when working on your mouth. Generally, we use crowns early in a tooth’s lifespan to help prevent cracks and fractures as time goes on. This prolongs the life of your teeth so that you don’t need to get implants or root canals later on.
However, if you have dental damage already, a crown can still help you. Duvall dentists will use crowns in conjunction with other restorative technologies such as inlays and onlays, full mouth dental implants, bridges, and veneers to ensure that your smile is stable, permanent, and gorgeous.
Get a dental crown that works for you.
While a dental crown is an investment, it will make you look and feel like the king or queen that you are.
Now that you know what material of dental crown is the right option for you, it’s time to get started. Schedule an appointment with Duvall dental professionals to discuss the next steps toward applying a crown to your tooth. We look forward to helping you maintain your beautiful smile for the rest of your life!