What Are Crowns Made Of?
A porcelain-fused-to-metal is a metal base with a layer of porcelain fused on top of it. This is a common type of crown, especially for children, since metal is durable.
- Porcelain Fused to Ceramic
A porcelain-fused-to-ceramic crown is another type of crown that has great strength and longevity. It is metal-free, meaning it has a white coloring. This could be a better option for patients with metal allergies.
All-ceramic dental crowns are the most aesthetic option. These crowns look the most like natural teeth because the porcelain is tinted to match the surrounding teeth. All-ceramic crowns can be used for both front and back teeth, making them a versatile treatment. Porcelain crowns have a natural appearance because they are made to match the size and shape of your natural teeth.
All-metal crowns are the most durable crown option. However, because they are made of metal, they are the least expensive option and a poor choice for front teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that is supported by two dental crowns or caps. The crowns fit over your existing teeth and hold a replacement tooth in place between them. The replacement tooth is called a pontic.