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If you are researching your options in choosing a material for dental crowns, you have probably noticed the wide variety of options. It’s important to choose a dental crown material that complements your cosmetic and functional preferences. Our dentist can recommend four choices of material–porcelain, metal, porcelain fused with metal, and gold based on the needs of the tooth.

Porcelain dental crowns have become very popular, especially to treat front teeth in the front since they are easily matched to the existing teeth and won’t affect the appearance of your smile. However, porcelain material can brittle in comparison with your natural teeth and other dental materials, and could fracture if you chew a lot of hard and crunchy foods, making them potentially unsuitable for back teeth.

Another option is base-metal crowns, a combination of dental metals that are very durable and can resist fracture and wear. However, the metallic appearance will cause it to stand out significantly on any noticeable teeth in your smile.

Porcelain fused to metal occurs when a metal crown is fitted with an exterior of porcelain so that it can better match your surrounding teeth, though the metal can be visible around your gum line, especially if you have gum problems such as gum recession and periodontal disease.

Dr. Melissa Wolfe can provide gold alloys out of a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals. Gold dental crowns are often suitable for molars and can be durable against habits of tooth grinding.

Our dentist and team can answer any questions about the different benefits of dental crown materials, and we would be happy to provide a custom-made dental crown in Staunton, Virginiawhen you contact Maple Ridge Dental at 540.885.5050 for an appointment.