Has your dentist recommended a crown? So the next question popping up in your mind is – which material should you choose and how much will it cost? So let’s talk a little bit about the crown.
A crown is a cap that protects your natural tooth. Your dentist will remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth and cover it with a crown. In this blog, we will talk about things to consider while choosing the Waterford crowns. But before that, let’s take a look at the different crown materials available.
- Porcelain- Porcelain material has the same color as the natural tooth, but the strength is low, and it chips off.
- Porcelain fused to metal- Porcelain fused to metal has a metal shell coated with porcelain.
- Metal- Metal crown has high strength and is made of metals such as gold, silver, etc.
- Zirconia- Zirconia is a material that has metal-like strength and is aesthetic.
- E-Max- E-Max is the latest crown, and it consists of lithium disilicate that has both strength and aesthetics but is costlier.
Things to Consider While Choosing the Perfect Crown Material for You
If you want a crown for your front teeth, appearance is a concern. So, you can use Zirconia, porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal because they mimic natural teeth color. But there is a disadvantage of porcelain fused to a metal crown, metal present in the material shows through like a thin black line.
You can wear a crown for 10 – 15 years, but ceramic and porcelain are of lower strength compared to metal. So for the back tooth, you can choose a metal crown because the force of chewing is high in the back teeth. Zirconia is also a good option, but they are costlier.
Cost is another factor that can affect your choice. Metal crowns tend to be cheaper, but aesthetics are compromised. So make a budget and choose the material accordingly. Check with the insurance company if they cover the cost of the crown or not.
Consult your dentist and discuss any experience of allergy with any material
- Grinding Habit
If you have the habit of grinding teeth, you should avoid porcelain or ceramic crowns because they will chip off.
A crown is an investment so, make sure you spend a decent amount because if you go for only cheaper options, you might regret it later. So, discuss with your dentist to make an informed decision.