What Dental Crown Materials Are Used for Back Teeth?

Did you know that only some dental crown materials are recommended for the back teeth? If you need a crown on a back tooth, your dentist will recommend a material that is strong enough to handle vigorous chewing and biting. The right material will last for years and will be resistant to chips and cracks. Learn more about which materials you should consider when getting a crown on your back tooth.

Dental crown materials for back teeth

Patients have lots of options for dental crowns on their back teeth. People should consider the durability and aesthetic appeal when selecting a material for their dental crowns.

Gold crowns

Gold crowns used to be incredibly popular for the back teeth, although dentists do not place nearly as many of these as they once did. Dentists like gold crowns for back teeth because the material is so durable. These crowns also do not wear on other teeth and gold does not cause nearly as many reactions as other metal crowns do.

Unfortunately, gold metal crowns are more expensive than other dental crown materials. Also, many patients do not like the look of these crowns. Gold crowns do not blend in with other teeth. However, some patients still choose to get these crowns on upper back teeth. The crown is not nearly as noticeable when on an upper tooth.

Porcelain-fused to metal crowns

Patients who want the durability of gold without sacrificing the looks of natural teeth often choose porcelain-fused to metal crowns. The inside of the crown contains metal such as gold or palladium. The exterior of the crown is encased in porcelain that matches the natural teeth.

When the crown is placed, there is usually a small metal rim visible right at the gumline. This is rarely visible to others, but the dentist and hygienist can see it. However, the metal rim does become prominent if the gums recede. Then the crown does not look as natural. Proper oral hygiene can lower the risk of gum recession.

Pressed-to-metal crowns

Pressed-to-metal crowns are the newest type of crown. Like porcelain-fused to metal crowns, these crowns have a metal interior. The exterior is made of synthetic porcelain that is harder and more durable than regular porcelain. The synthetic porcelain does not wear down other teeth. This material can be made to match existing teeth, creating a natural look.

What to avoid

Porcelain crowns are a good option for front teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, but porcelain is prone to chipping and breaking. Only choose porcelain crowns for front teeth. People can still get the look of porcelain by selecting one of the crowns that use a combination of porcelain and other materials.

Choosing dental crown materials for back teeth

You do not have to choose the materials on your own. Your dentist will help you select between gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal and pressed-to metal crowns. Your dentist will consider your needs as well as what you want out of your dental crown. Then, you can move forward with your dental restoration.

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