Dental Crowns: A Closer Look at Materials

Porcelain crowns

EMax porcelain crowns have the optical properties that mimic nature

Dental crowns serve a surprisingly wide range of purposes within the scope of restorative dentistry. They can cap a dental implant, provide structural support after a root canal, and restore the function of a cracked or broken tooth. While many of us still imagine a bright gold tooth when we think of dental crowns, advances in dental technology over the past few decades have yielded a wide range of materials that offer the strength, durability, and realistic esthetics demanded by today’s dental patients. Dr. James Fondriest, your Chicago Cosmetic Dentist, discusses some of the more popular crown materials patients have to choose from and briefly looks at the highly trained technicians who create dental crowns.

Popular Dental Crown Materials

Since the days of the ancient Etruscans nearly 2000 years ago, gold has been the material of choice for dental crowns. Gold is bio-compatible and offers durability, they’re non-abrasive to the opposing tooth, and their malleability makes for a more precise fit. Unfortunately, because gold stands out from the rest of your teeth, other more natural materials have become more popular.

Dr. Fondriest, a recognized regional cosmetic expert in the Chicago area on crowns and other dental restorations, prefers to use different variations of dental porcelain. In general, all porcelain crowns blend in with the rest of your natural teeth and offer surprising strength and durability. A few of the preferred types of porcelain dental crowns include:

  • E Max. This brand of dental porcelain comes in several varieties but they all share incredibly realistic translucence (like natural tooth enamel) and high strength. E Max can be used to fabricate crowns, veneers, and other restorations. One of their best properties, says Dr. Fondriest, is that E Max crowns wear and age like real tooth enamel, meaning you have a more natural looking smile even after many years.
  • Empress. These lovely crowns have two layers, a strong porcelain interior and a glassy exterior that lends these crowns a high level of strength and beauty.
  • Zirconia. This type of crown is exceptionally strong. While zirconia can be color matched to your natural enamel, it does not feature the translucence of E Max and Empress and is a better choice for the back teeth. People who grind their teeth at night shouldn’t receive zirconia crowns because their hardness can damage the opposing teeth.

Beautiful Dental Crowns in Chicago and Lake Forest

To schedule a consultation with Dr. James Fondriest at his Lake Forst dentist office, contact us at (847) 234-0517. A 60045 dentist, Dr. Fondriest is a recognized expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

Our practice serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs

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