Dental crowns can serve a number of purposes ranging from cosmetic to functional in protecting a
severely decayed or damaged tooth. If your dentist has recommended a dental crown for you, there are
three main choices of materials including all metal (gold), porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
Usually, your dentist will recommend one of these types of crowns based on the purpose of the crown
as well as its location in the mouth.
Gold Dental Crowns
The advantage of getting a gold dental crown is that they are a durable option. When your dentist places
a crown, he will first need to remove part of the natural tooth. With gold crowns, your dentist will have
to remove less of your natural tooth than he would if the crown was made from one of the other
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns are beneficial as they are the most esthetic option available. Full porcelain
crowns are most often used when the crown is being placed for cosmetic reasons. They can be stained
to imitate adjacent teeth and blend in the best for a natural smile.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
This third option is a hybrid of the first two options and has some of the benefits and drawbacks of both.
Dental crowns made from porcelain fused to metal have strength from the underlying metal layer, but
are still esthetic due to the outer layer being porcelain. However, there may still be a darker appearance
near the gum line where the metal layer begins, thus, hindering esthetics.
No matter what the material, dental crowns can be a good solution both for improving the appearance
of your smile and for protecting your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the type of dental crown that is
best for you.
If you think you may need a dental crown, call Town Smiles Dental today to schedule an appointment.