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What is the Best Type of Crown Material?

Crowns (the ones you wear in your mouth, not on top of your head) are one of the most common dental aids in the United States, with north of 15 million people sporting at least one in their mouths.

There are different types of materials available to use for crafting dental crowns, and which material is eventually used typically depends on a few factors. So, which material is best to create dental crowns? Well, it depends on your individual needs.

Gold crowns are not pure gold, but usually, an alloy made up of gold, copper, nickel, and other metals. These crowns are strong and durable but, due to their aesthetic properties, they are usually used to repair teeth in the back of your mouth.

Porcelain crowns are the most commonly used crowns due to their ability to be crafted to look and feel quite natural. They can be crafted to match the color, shape, and size of your real teeth and are frequently used for the restoration of front teeth. Porcelain crowns tend to be more expensive than gold or metal alloy crowns, but they are not quite as durable. With good dental hygiene practices and care, porcelain crowns can last a very long time.

Porcelain Fused To Metal (FTM) crowns are a hybrid design, using metal as a base for durability and strength and porcelain to improve the aesthetics of the crown. This is a combination that some patients opt for due to the lower cost when compared to the pricing of all porcelain crowns.

What crown would work best in your mouth? We can help you figure that out!

If you need advice regarding dental crowns and which style would work best for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at McIlwain Dental Specialists and set up a consultation. We can work together to find out which crown fits you best, and help you get to feeling regal about your smile again!