Calgary dentist holding a row of dental crowns

What is a Dental Crown Made of and What Are the Advantages?

If your dentist has suggested you get a dental crown, you may wonder what is being placed in your mouth and what it is made of. First, it’s helpful to know exactly what a dental crown (or “cap”) is for. Dental crowns improve the appearance of or restore functioning to teeth requiring special attention.

Dental crowns improve the appearance of or restore functioning to teeth requiring special attention. They can either cover a tooth or be fixed to a dental implant. It’s typically for the following reasons that a patient gets a dental crown:


• Broken or damaged tooth
• Missing tooth
• Decayed tooth
• Discoloured tooth
• The tooth is excessively worn down
• A dental implant is needed

Three of the most common types of dental crowns are gold, porcelain and porcelain fused to metal.

Gold Crowns

The biggest advantage to gold crowns is their strength and durability. They’re the most resistant to wear and most gentle on opposing teeth. The downside is their appearance. They stand out in your mouth, especially if the crown is on one of your front teeth.

Porcelain Crowns
Crowns made entirely of porcelain have the advantage of closely resembling natural teeth. They’re the most visually appealing crowns and are especially popular choices for patients’ front teeth. The drawback is that porcelain is much more brittle than metal and gold. For this reason it’s not always the best choice for your molars or your canines, especially if you’re concerned with strengthening your teeth or your bite.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a kind of compromise between the gold and porcelain crowns, as this type of cap is both strong and visually pleasing. Simply put, they’re metal crowns covered with a layer of porcelain. If not quite as strong and gentle on opposing teeth as gold crowns, they’re nevertheless a good substitute. Aesthetically, the only drawback is that the metal beneath the porcelain tends to show at the gum line. So if you want to have the most natural-looking teeth, they’re ideal for frontal teeth.

A Dental Team You Can Count On
Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic provides you with the dental crowns most suited to you. Each dentist on our team in Calgary NE is available to answer all your questions about these products and to guide you in making the best choice. We provide you with services to meet your dental needs in prosthodontics (including providing dentures and dental bridges) and all other areas. We use the latest equipment and materials and ensure the best service for our patients. Contact Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Calgary NE to make an appointment today.

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