Crowns are a very popular choice
Ceramic/Porcelain is highly aesthetic and blends beautifully with natural teeth. When bonded to the teeth, ceramic can be very strong and durable. Bonding ceramic onto the tooth allows us to be minimal in our prep and only take what is needed.
There are situations where ceramic crowns may not be appropriate. This is mainly in people who grind or brux as the force from their jaws can fracture the ceramic.
Ceramic bonded to metal crowns can be highly destructive as you have to remove a lot of tooth tissue; with the advancement of dental bonding and ceramics, we tend to use them less. Although durable and tooth coloured, these crowns tend to give a grey line around the edge.
Gold is a wonderful material, although it can be very marmite. Some people do not like the colour. Gold is an excellent material for people who grind and brux as it doesn’t fracture or erode, and it doesn’t affect the opposing teeth. It is very long-lasting and very minimally invasive. However, gold is expensive.
How long do crowns last?
Like all restorations, crowns must be looked after, or they can get dental decay. We advise that you brush twice a day, floss daily and see the hygiene therapist every 6 months.
On average, crowns last 8-13 years. However, with proper maintenance, they can last longer.