While there is room for personal preference, your crown will generally be made from materials depending on the form and function of the tooth being replaced. In most cases, your dentist will give you the best recommendation for a crown that will look good and last for a long time.
A crown on one of your front teeth or in your smile is often made from a porcelain material. This can be matched to the surrounding teeth, giving you an even smile. This material can sometimes be more brittle than natural enamel, so you may need to be mindful in the future when biting into hard and crunchy foods.
Porcelain fused to metal is one alternative for a durable tooth that is still a part of your smile. With this type of crown, a cap of metal is fitted with a porcelain exterior that closely matches your natural teeth.
Gold crowns are actually alloys made by blending gold and copper. This creates a very durable crown that is a good choice for covering molars. Gold is also a good option if you have problems with grinding your teeth.
Base-metal crowns are made from a mixture of non-noble metals. These crowns are very durable, resisting wear and fracture and making them a good choice for crowns placed on a molar. Since they are metallic, they are usually not suitable for replacing teeth in your smile.
If you have questions about the type of material that is best for your upcoming crown procedure, please feel free to call us at 626.579.4274 to schedule an appointment.