There are many reasons why you might need dental crowns, which are prosthetics that are fixed to the natural tooth.
Dental crowns can act as fillers for missing teeth, protect a weak or decayed tooth, support a dental bridge or even help enhance cosmetic modifications. Dental crowns are suitable for most ages and last for over a decade (sometimes for several decades!).
But one thing you need to know is: What are the different types of dental crowns available in Dubai?
Zirconia crowns are white stainless steel crowns that are popularly used for teenagers who have adult teeth. This crown is biocompatible which means it will not shock the body or cause inflammation, and ranks high in esthetic appeal. It is also the most durable type of crown used in dentistry today. The white zirconia crowns do resemble the traditional ceramic crowns but are stronger and look more natural.
Traditionally, young adults with decayed teeth were often advised to extract the affected tooth or a steel cap was fitted at the back of the tooth. However, with the advancements in dentistry, zirconia crowns can now be used both for the front teeth with its natural finish, or for the stronger back teeth where this type of crown can withstand the pressure and force of chewing with its high fracture toughness.
Fitting the zirconia crown is a same-day procedure making it ideal for nervous teenagers and young adults. Since the crowns are durable and last as long as metal crowns, patients are spared from replacing the crown and repeating the procedure multiple times.
Nowadays, the zirconia crown can also have an added layer of porcelain to color – match the natural set of teeth perfectly, making it a popular option in cosmetic dentistry too.
Porcelain Emax Crowns
Porcelain Emax crowns are a popular choice of crowns for adults as they are durable and highly esthetic. It is an all-ceramic system crown made of Lithium Disilicate glass that provides it with its two distinct advantages – durability and translucency. This means that the crown can be polished and prepared with enhanced translucency and a very realistic look and feel. It is also extremely difficult to crack and lasts for years.
This crown also eliminates the black band, which is often spotted at the gum-line with ceramic metal crowns, and hence widely used in cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain Emax crowns are also lighter than other crowns and therefore minimizes the filing or shaving down of the original tooth. This type of crown is also a good option for patients who do not have much room between their teeth.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Metal crowns are made of alloys and primarily include gold, copper or other base metal alloys, like chromium or nickel. While the color of the metal may be a drawback, these crowns are the strongest, providing the highest durability and longest wear.
They also rarely chip and are a good option for out of sight molars, require very little filing of the tooth and also cause minimal damage to the surrounding teeth. This type of crown is also well suited for those who excessively grind their teeth. Metal crowns are easy to work with and allow for a very precise fit for the tooth.
Understanding what are the different types of dental crowns available in Dubai, means exploring the advantages and limitations of each type. Whilst it may seem overwhelming, you can rely on the dental professionals at Dr. Joy Dental Clinic to help you select the option that’s right for you.