The different types of dental crowns
Crowns come in different materials, all of which have pros & cons. The main three are:
▸ Gold dental crowns:
The strongest of the three, gold crowns are often used for teeth that are out of view as they don’t blend in with existing teeth.
▸ Metal ceramic dental crowns:
With a metal alloy gold core and an aesthetically pleasing porcelain shell, this type of crown can be used for teeth that are in view.
▸ Tooth coloured porcelain dental crowns:
The latest porcelain crowns let light partially filter through, which makes them look just like your other teeth. With the absence of a metal core on the inside, the tell-tale grey lines that are usually seen with the older metal ceramic crowns are no longer there.
There are many reasons for crowning a tooth, but the main goal is always to protect it from chewing forces. Because a considerable portion of the tooth needs to be removed before placing a crown, this treatment is rarely used for aesthetic purposes alone. Crowns can be placed when: