There are several types of materials used for dental crowns, including:
Porcelain: Porcelain crowns are made from a type of dental ceramic that is known for its natural look and translucency. They are a popular choice for front teeth that are visible when you smile.
Ceramic: Ceramic crowns are made from a type of dental ceramic that is strong and durable. They are a good choice for both front and back teeth.
Metal: Metal crowns are no longer used in quality dentistry. They were often made of gold or a metal alloy and were known for their strength and durability. They were a good choice for back teeth that take on a lot of biting force. Due to being unsightly and including materials like mercury and nickel, they are no longer a good choice. Mercury is well known for being toxic and nickel can make your gums to turn green and even cause a serious allergic reaction.
Porcelain fused to metal: Porcelain fused to metal crowns combine the natural look of porcelain with the strength of metal. They leave a visable gray line at the base of the tooth near the gumline. For this reason, patients and dentists do not like this type for teeth in your smile zone.
Resin: Resin crowns are made from a type of dental plastic that is strong and durable. They are used for temporary crowns during the time your permanent crowns are being made.
Your dentist can help you choose the right type of crown material based on your specific needs and preferences.
IMPLANT BRIDGES AND TEETH IN A DAY
There are also different materials that can be used for implant bridges and teeth in a day. The Rolls Royce of dental teeth material is zirconia.
Zirconia teeth are made out of a ceramic material called zirconia, which is also known as zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). Zirconia is a very strong and durable material that is often used in dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and implants.
The process of creating zirconia teeth involves using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies to create a 3D digital model of the patient’s teeth. This model is then used to create a custom-made zirconia restoration that is precisely fitted to the patient’s mouth.
Zirconia teeth have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their strength, durability, and natural-looking appearance. They are also biocompatible, meaning they are not harmful to the body and do not cause allergic reactions.
Overall, zirconia teeth are a reliable and aesthetically pleasing option for dental restorations.
Another option for an implant bridge or a full mouth smile is a PMMA.
PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) teeth are made out of a type of acrylic material that is commonly used in dentistry. PMMA teeth are a type of prosthetic tooth that can be used in dentures, partial dentures, or dental bridges to replace missing or damaged teeth.
PMMA is a type of thermoplastic material that is lightweight, strong, and has a natural-looking translucency that closely mimics the appearance of real teeth. PMMA teeth are usually made by a dental laboratory using a process called CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing), which involves creating a digital model of the teeth and then using a milling machine to carve the PMMA material into the desired shape.
PMMA teeth are popular because they are durable, easy to maintain, and can be custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of a patient’s natural teeth. They are also less expensive than other types of dental prosthetics, such as porcelain or zirconia, making them a popular choice for patients who want an affordable and functional solution to missing teeth.