Ceramic Teeth – All you need to know
Made of ceramic/porcelain, ceramic crowns have been a popular option for patients for years. A ceramic crown could either be a pure ceramic crown or a porcelain-fused metal crown. The main advantage that differentiates ceramic crowns from others is that it is aesthetically not differentiable from your original tooth. Porcelain crown looks natural with no metal present on the teeth. Ceramic crowns also cause no problems to your gums unlike other crowns.
Here is why you should go with ceramic crowns:
- They restore your tooth’s strength to a large extent and protect the teeth from exterior forces.
- They help hold the teeth together and reduce enamel erosion.
- They cover large cavities in places where dental fillings cannot be used.
- They enhance the appearance of the teeth.
- Ceramic crowns are perfect to cover damaged teeth after an accident.
- They help hold dental bridges together.
- They cover discoloured teeth perfectly.
- Ceramic teeth are apt for people who are used to clenching/grinding their teeth. In this case, ceramic crowns are apt in preventing damage to the teeth.
It is important to know that whilst having ceramic crown, you practise the same dental hygiene as usual. Be it brushing daily or flossing regularly, ceramic crowns require attention just like normal teeth.
All are not roses with ceramic teeth though.
Here are some cons of having ceramic teeth:
- They are costly as they require a lot of craftsmanship on the part of the dentist.
- They are relatively weaker when compared to metal crowns.
- If you are putting a crown for a rear molar/teeth, it is better to go with an alternative to conserve costs.
- They are less durable when compared to other crowns.
- Repairing the crown is tough.
There are also different types of ceramic crowns ranging from zirconia crown to porcelain-fused metal crowns and it is better that you consult with a dentist on what is a perfect fit for you before you make a decision. The different types of ceramic crowns commonly used are as follows:
- Leucite Reinforced Pressable Porcelain Crowns
- High Translucent Zirconia
- Lithium Disilicate Porcelain Crowns
- Solid or Monolithic Zirconia
Feel free to reach out to a dentist if you are puzzled on which type of ceramic crown to use. Your dentist is the one who is best suited to advise you based on your dental history.