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A tooth-shaped “cap” placed over your tooth is called a dental crown. The dental cap restores the size, appearance, shape, and strength of the tooth. The crown is cemented to the tooth and will cover the portion of the tooth that you can see.
Porcelain and metal-fused are dental crowns to be matched with the color of your teeth surrounding the crown. They will have an appealing natural tooth color. Sometimes the metal that is under the porcelain part of the cap will show through as a dark line. The other drawbacks: the crown’s porcelain part can break off or chip and then there is more wearing down on the opposite side of the mouth for the teeth there. The crowns made of porcelain are considered an excellent choice to be used for back or front teeth.
All-resin: crowns are less costly than any other crown types. They do wear over time are more prone to breaking than the porcelain fused to metal crowns.
Metals: like palladium, chromium, gold, and nickel are used in crowns. They seldom break or chip, but last longer regarding wearing down, and it does not require as much of the tooth be removed. The metal crowns can stand up to chewing and biting forces. The big drawback is the color of the metal. Metal crowns are the best choice for your out of sight teeth.
Pressed ceramic crowns: contain a hard-inner core. They will replace that metal liner used in the ceramic crown design process. Pressed ceramic crowns covered with porcelain, and this provides the best matching tooth color. They last longer than your all-porcelain crowns.
All-porcelain or All-ceramic: they provide your best color match for the natural tooth color than any other crown. They are the best choice for those people that have metal allergies. Their strength is not as good as that of porcelain fused to metal crowns. They might also wear down the opposite teeth in the mouth from them more than resin or metal crowns. The all-ceramic crowns are the best choice for your front teeth.
There are also two main sizes. ¾ crowns and onlays are the crowns that do not cover very much of the tooth underneath as the traditional crowns, whereas traditional crowns will cover your entire tooth.