There are several types of dental crowns that your dentist may want to talk with you about before placing your permanent crown. These include:
- Temporary crowns: These types of crowns are usually made of plastic or stainless steel. They are made to be short-term crowns rather than the crowns you will wear for years to come. The dentist will usually use this type of crown while waiting for your permanent crown to be made in a laboratory.
- Permanent crowns: Permanent crowns are used to cover badly damaged, decayed, or broken teeth that can't be fixed with fillings. Your dentist may also suggest a crown as a support structure for a dental bridge. Permanent crowns can be made of different materials. Metal crowns are strong, but aren't tooth-colored, while ceramic crowns look like your natural teeth but aren't as strong as metal. The third type of crown material is porcelain-fused-to-metal. This type of crown is strong and is also tooth-colored. Ask you dentist about which type of permanent crown is available and which type would be best for your needs.
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