Robert W. Hessberger, DDS

Types of Dental Crowns: Understanding Your Options

Dental crowns are one of the most trusted and common ways to protect patients' smiles. In Chicago, IL, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger offers various types of crowns, such as advanced medical-grade porcelain. Whether you grind your teeth and need a more durable material or prefer a tooth-colored restoration, he can design a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

Commonly Used Materials

Because of their many uses, it is beneficial to understand the various types of dental crowns. Understanding the differences between each type of crown helps with deciding upon the best treatment plan for you. The different types of dental crowns available at our practice include:

  • Ceramic dental crowns: Often used to restore the front teeth, all-ceramic dental crowns are aesthetically pleasing. Because of their natural tooth color and texture, they can blend flawlessly with the remaining natural teeth.
  • Base metal alloy dental crowns: These restorations are comprised of metals that are resistant to corrosion, ensuring a durable result. This type of crown does not require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM): This type of dental crown offers a sturdier bond compared to an all-porcelain restoration because it is connected to a metal framework. As a result, patients can enjoy the strength of metal, but the aesthetics of porcelain.
  • Gold alloy crowns: This type of crown is manufactured with a combination of metals, such as gold, copper, and other materials, so it is durable and fracture-resistant. Gold alloy crowns are sometimes recommended for patients who chronically grind their teeth.
Crowns and implants
Traditional and implant-supported crowns can be made of various materials.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Each Type

There are advantages and disadvantages to each crown material, depending on your specific needs. For example, metal crowns are strong and durable but due to their color, they do not blend in with the neighboring teeth. Furthermore, some patients may have an allergic reaction to the metal alloys used in crown fabrication.

Thanks to technological advances in dentistry, there are several types of crowns that can correct an array of dental imperfections.

Many individuals choose all-ceramic crowns for aesthetic purposes. However, even though ceramic is strong, it is not invulnerable to excessive bite forces. As a result, crowns made from ceramic or porcelain can chip, break, or fracture.

Oftentimes, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is recommended for patients who want both resiliency and optimal aesthetics. While these restorations are less prone to chipping, damage can still occur. Moreover, if the metal structure of the crown shows through, a dark line can appear at the gum line, diminishing the appearance of your smile.

The best way to determine which type of dental crown is right for you is to schedule a visit with Dr. Hessberger. During your consultation, he will assess your oral health and talk with you in detail about your personal cosmetic and restorative goals. Our goal is to deliver a fully tailored treatment plan that fits your unique needs and budget.

Contact Dr. Hessberger Today

If you are ready to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile, schedule an appointment at our Chicago practice. You can contact us online or call our office at (773) 792-5562.

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