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What’s the Best Material for Dental Crowns?

February 10, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 12:02 am
Tooth wearing crown

Teeth can become damaged in numerous different way. Whether you have endured extensive tooth decay or experienced a dental injury, having a damaged tooth doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to wave it goodbye. Dental crowns are available to protect structurally compromised teeth so that they don’t need to be extracted. They can be made from all sorts of different materials. Here are some of the most common so you can determine which is right for you.


Gold has been used for a long time in dentistry because it’s extremely durable and long-lasting. Crowns made from gold rarely chip or break, and they don’t wear down much over time. They are also gentle on the opposing teeth. However, there are a few drawbacks with this option. Gold conducts hot and cold temperatures quickly, meaning it can result in some sensitively after being placed. It is also visibly different from your natural teeth, so it isn’t ideal if you’re concerned about aesthetics.

Porcelain Fused-to-Metal

This crown can be color-matched to the color of the surrounding teeth to give you a more natural appearance. However, sometimes the metal under the porcelain caps show as a dark line. There is also the possibility of the porcelain chipping over time and wearing down on the adjacent teeth.

Full Porcelain

This type of crown has been considered to be the most lifelike and natural-looking restoration available. Porcelain doesn’t conduct heat and cold efficiently, so sensitivity is reduced. They are also a great option for patients who are sensitive to certain metals. Porcelain isn’t quite as strong as other materials, but it is the most cosmetically appealing, and it won’t expand or contract when exposed to different temperatures.

Dental Composite

Dental composite is the least ideal when it comes to strength and durability, but it is often preferred for patients who are highly sensitive to metals and porcelain. The bonding techniques are less sensitive than full porcelain, and the material is less reactive than gold. While this can be a good solution for many people, it would likely need to be replaced more often than other crowns.


Zirconia is a white crystalline oxide made from the metal zirconium. This material is as strong and durable as gold, but it has a better cosmetic result. It is also stronger than porcelain. However, if you are sensitive to metals, this may not be the ideal dental crown for you.

Dental crowns aren’t all the same. They come in numerous different options. By seeing your dentist, you can discuss which material would best fit your needs and help to restore the appearance and function of your smile!

About the Author

Dr. Joe Ornelas earned his dental doctorate from Indiana University School of Dentistry and is committed to continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp! Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, Northwest Indiana Dental Society, and Laporte County Dental Society. If you’re in need of a dental crown, he’d be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Crown Point, visit his website or call (219) 663-2892.

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