A dental crown can be constructed from one of several materials. The chosen types can offer varying advantages with respect to their durability, and their appearance. The location of the tooth receiving a crown can help determine the type of material you should receive. If your tooth is more readily visible, your dentist will likely suggest a more natural-looking crown. If you are receiving a crown on one of your back teeth, your dentist may recommend a crown that is less life-like, but more durable.
A crown made of ceramics will more seamlessly match your natural teeth. While ceramic dental crowns can provide cosmetic benefits, they are less durable than crowns that use metals. A ceramic crown can be ideal for restoring a highly visible tooth near the front of your smile.
A gold crown is stronger than a crown made with ceramic, but it has a more conspicuous appearance. Your dentist may prefer that you receive a gold crown on one of your back teeth, as these teeth are less visible, and undergo more strain from chewing foods.
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can provide a realistic appearance, while being reinforced with metal. This enables you to enjoy the cosmetic advantage of a realistic crown, while also benefiting from the strength of a metal crown.
Who Needs A Dental Crown?
Your dentist can use a dental crown to place a protective seal over a tooth that has become weakened. A dental crown is commonly used to restore a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment, or has undergone too much decay to be restored with a filling. It can also be placed over a tooth that is badly damaged from physical trauma.