Ceramic vs. Porcelain Crowns: What’s the Difference?

Technology and materials have always grown at a fast rate in every field of medicine, dentistry notwithstanding.

Function and cosmetics have gotten to the point where they are almost at the same point. Porcelain Crowns are an item that reflects that.

A damaged tooth needs to be fixed but most people do not want to have something that looks jarring and unnatural.

Find out the many types and the difference between the most popular of them here.

Many Styles of Dental Repair

A broken tooth can be fixed with a variety of materials and methods. The most common being ceramic or porcelain crowns.

There are major and minor differences between the two, enough to make a difference depending on the needs and preferences of those going under the knife.

Aspects of Porcelain Crowns

A porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown passes a less easily as a cosmetically standard tooth but trades that for a longer life span and a much more sturdy replacement.

A small interior metal piece, similar to a thimble is placed over the broken piece of tooth. Upon that the porcelain is fused. The tooth is protected and the metal is hidden.

The problem arising can be if gums recede the metal can be potentially be seen or damage the mouth.

There is however a new method of porcelain crown that is starting to be utilized: bonded all-porcelain or porcelain inlays.

These are a bit more expensive but require less grinding of the tooth and are far more cosmetically appealing. They also must be done by a specially certified cosmetic dentist.

These have the added benefit of far less gum inflammation than the older porcelain bonded crowns as well.

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Aspects of Ceramic Crowns

A major difference when it comes to ceramic crowns is the fact that they contain absolutely no metal.

This is a benefit and a drawback at the same time. It allows the crown to match your natural tooth color much more easily. Although it will make the crown much more fragile than if it were a mixed material.

Another benefit of not having any added metal, the removal of any reaction for those with allergies or metal sensitivities. There will be little to no damage to surrounding tissues.

The materials are not bio-reactive and provide a much more natural healing period.

This all comes at the drawback of the crown itself having a lower shelf life. They are not as sturdy.

Path to a Beautiful Smile

Knowing the difference between ceramic and porcelain crowns now, you can decide which will be the best for your dental and cosmetic needs.

Are you in the situation where the cosmetic nature of a ceramic crown would be a better fit? Or would the hybrid nature of stronger porcelain be a better fit? Health should always be at the top of the list.

Once you have made your decision you can get in touch and schedule an appointment today! Don’t hesitate, get ready for a brighter smile and a healthier set of teeth.