Although a dental crown is essentially a fake tooth, dentists have ways to ensure that the crown looks as natural as real teeth. In most cases, dental crowns look natural due to the talent of the particular dentist. Once a dental crown is placed upon an original tooth, it is usually difficult to distinguish between the crown and the rest of the natural teeth.
When making a crown, a dentist will essentially create a duplicate of the damaged tooth. For the tooth to function properly, the shape of the crown covering it will include curves, cusps, and ridges. Crowns are made specifically to resemble natural teeth and can achieve a natural look with the use of ceramics and porcelains.
Because teeth are not naturally white, dental crowns can vary in shades of white, and can even be shaded to match the color of the other teeth. When making a dental crown, differences in shape and size of teeth due to various factors such as ethnicity, age, and gender are taken into consideration to produce the most natural-looking crown.
Types of Crowns
Full metal crowns, such as gold: A standby for several decades, gold crowns are still a good option today. Although they can be more expensive than crowns made of other materials, they are extremely durable. They are also the most noticeable choice for a crown and, therefore, do not look natural.
Porcelain: Porcelain or ceramic crowns provide the best and most natural look. They match your surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color.
Zirconia crowns: Extremely hard and resistant to breakage. They are the best choice for crowns that are realistic and natural-looking. Zirconia comes in different shades of white and can also be stained or shaded to give the most appealing result.
Contact our office for a consultation so that we can give you all of the options and help you make the best choice!