What is the Best Material for Crowns?

Dear Mr.Hughes, I broke an upper back tooth on Thursday night, which literally split across. I stuck it together with a repair kit from the chemist and went to see a new dentist (my dentist of many years has sadly retired) the following day hoping he would bond it back together.
Unfortunately he said he couldn’t, so recommended I have the loose piece pulled out and plan to come back for a crown.
I have to say I was rather disappointed.
My question is, was this really necessary?
And also what is the best material for crowns? I would prefer white rather then metal.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards.
Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

Without seeing the extent of the broken tooth it is difficult to give you an ideal solution. In the case of cracked or fractured teeth, often the best solution is crowning the tooth. Simply bonding the tooth back together will more than likely break it again, probably worse than the first time. A crown will support the remaining tooth structure and prevent any further breaking of the tooth. So, if this is what your dentist has advised, it is likely to be the best solution for you.
There are many different materials crowns can be made from. If you are looking for a cosmetic, natural looking crown, the most popular at the moment is an E-max crown. However, there are many options for different types of ceramic/metal-ceramic crowns which can all be made to look very life-like.

I hope that helps.

Kind regards,

Dr Mark Hughes Harley Street Dental Studio 52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY Web: www.harleystreetdentalstudio.com Tel: 020 7636 5981 View My Profile Dr Hughes

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