Your crown is designed to replace the enamel of a damaged or decayed tooth, thus restoring that tooth’s full function to your mouth. Your dentist will recommend the ideal material for your crown based on that particular tooth’s function and its relationship to your smile.
Gold crowns are usually an alloy blend of copper. They are very durable and resist fracture. This makes them a good choice for molars or other teeth that are not visible in your smile. Gold is also a good material for molars if you grind your teeth.
Base metal crowns are made from non-reactive metals. Just like gold they are very durable and often cost less. Because of their dull gray color they are not recommended for a tooth that has any relationship to your smile.
Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal crowns can be color matched to the rest of your natural teeth. This makes them the preferred option for a tooth that is prevalent in your smile.
Given proper care and maintenance, your crown has the potential to last for many years to come!
If you have questions about the type of material that is best for your upcoming crown procedure, please feel free to call us at 270.282.0909 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!