FAQs about Dental Crowns and Bridges

Do you have any lingering questions about crowns and bridges? Below are some of the most pertinent inquiries about these dental procedures.

What are the different materials used for crowns? 

Dental crowns are made of a wide variety of materials including ceramic, plastics and metal. They are coated to give them a natural appearance and are cemented in place. Various types of plaster are used in the creation of a crown. While impression plaster records the shape of the teeth, investment plaster forms the mold for metal and plastic crowns.

What are porcelain crowns and are they recommended for permanent use? 

The porcelain used in a porcelain crown is fused to metal before it is attached to your tooth. Porcelain crowns can be color-matched to your natural teeth and may be a good permanent option for some patients.

Is it okay to have crowns made of zirconia and is there any difference than regular crowns? 

Zirconium or zirconia crowns can withstand the “daily grind” far better than crowns of other materials. The translucent nature of zirconium gives it an appearance similar to natural teeth. Other differences include the absence of a metal fuse and the option to retain a greater portion of the original tooth.

Are all-resin dental crowns the cheapest, and are they durable as well? 

Dental crowns made from all-resin materials and are the second cheapest option next to stainless steel. They are not as sturdy as porcelain or zirconium crowns and are more likely to crack. However, they are able to be color-matched to your teeth.

What are the most recently developed materials for dental crowns? 

Modern technological advances have permitted the manufacture of crowns from a wide variety of materials. These include ceramic, synthetic plastic resins and lightweight metal alloys. Your dentist will be able to help you determine the best material for your dental crowns and bridges.


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