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While the first word that comes to mind when you hear or read the word “crown” is likely “gold,” oral crowns actually come in a wide variety of materials — including gold, as it turns out. Here are some of the many varieties that dental crowns can come in:

Ceramic crowns. Ceramic crowns are porcelain-based, meaning that they are made from clay, and they are a common choice for crowns because of their appearance. Since they can be created to look just like the appearance of your pearly whites, they are a popular choice for crowns that go on pearly whites toward the front of your mouth.

Porcelain-fused crowns. Porcelain-fused crowns, also called porcelain-fused to metal crowns, are just what they sound like — porcelain fused to metal crowns. This type of crown is relatively solid when compared to porcelain crowns. If the tooth we are working on is utilized for muching food, we might recommend this type of crown due to its toughness.

Golden crowns. Golden crowns, or gold crowns, are made from alloys of gold or other metals. This is a great all-around option that is strong, resistant to erosion itself and harmless to your teeth and gums. A few people even favor the appearance of golden crowns to porcelain crowns, and long ago golden chompers were considered a status symbol! (Though we still recommend that you do your best to retain all of your natural pearly whites!)

There are other, less-widespread types of dental crowns, and we’d love to tell you all about them when you come into our office next. Have you scheduled your next visit yet? If not, please give Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS in Marion, Arkansas, a call at 870-739-3256 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Pierce and their team.