Usually the material your crown is made from is greatly influenced by the form and function of the particular tooth being restored. Your dentist will give you the best recommendation for a crown that will look good and last a long time.
A ceramic-porcelain material is usually recommended for a crown replacing one of your front teeth. This material can be matched to the color of your teeth to blend with the enamel of the natural teeth in your 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.
Base-metal crowns are made from a mixture of non-noble metals. The advantage of these crowns is that they are very durable. They resist wear and fracture, which makes them a good option for molars and teeth that are not in your smile.
Gold crowns are actually an alloy made by blending gold and another metal such as copper. This creates a very durable crown that is a good choice for replacing molars. Gold is also a good option if you have problems with grinding your teeth.
If you have questions about the type of material that is best for your upcoming crown procedure, please feel free to call us at 904-259-5007 to schedule an appointment.