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Various Materials Used to Fabricate Crowns and Bridges

Posted by BRUCE J GRIMALDI on Sep 2 2020, 10:04 AM

Dental crowns and bridges are restorations used to bring the teeth back to their ideal structure and functionality or replace missing teeth. While crowns and bridges have existed for many decades, the advancements in the field of dentistry have brought about new materials to fabricate these restorations. This has also helped to improve their esthetics and functionality.

Can crowns be made from metal?

Metals were one of the first materials used in the manufacture of crowns and bridges. They can be classified into precious metals, semi-precious metals, and non-precious metals. The alloys used to make restorations should ideally have a composition of 60% precious metal, which makes it very strong and highly durable. However, they leave a lustrous appearance on the teeth, which can impact the esthetics of your smile.

What are the advantages of dental-grade ceramic?

Dental-grade ceramic is perhaps one of the most widely used materials to fabricate dental restorations. It is highly customizable, which allows the dentist to make the restorations appear just like the natural teeth. It also offers excellent strength and durability, allowing you to bite and chew food without worrying about the restoration sustaining damage.

What is Zirconia?

Zirconia is a substance that looks exactly like dental-grade ceramic. It has been used in medicine for many years now but is relatively new when it comes to dentistry. Its biocompatible nature makes it easier to blend in with the natural tissues of the teeth, which also avoids any adverse reactions. Since Zirconium crowns are made using CAD/CAM technology, they offer perfect fit and comfort.

Can metals and ceramic be combined to make restorations?

Restorations can be made by fusing ceramic with metals, which helps to increase its strength and structural integrity. You can bite and chew food as always with these restorations, as they are reinforced with metals. They offer superior stability, making the bond between the tooth and the restoration stronger.

We can conduct a thorough diagnosis and determine the best type of restorations to suit your needs.


Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (908) 277-0171 to have a consultation with our dentist, and we will be happy to assist you further.


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