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While the first word you think of when you hear or read the word “crown” is most likely “gold,” oral crowns actually come in a wide variety of materials — including gold, as it turns out. Here are some of the numerous 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 prevalent choice for crowns because of their appearance. Since they can be made to look just like the look of your pearly whites, they are a common choice for crowns that go on chompers toward the front of your oral cavity.

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 strong when compared to porcelain crowns. If the tooth we are working on is utilized for grinding food, we may suggest this type of crown due to its durability.

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

There are other, less-widespread kinds 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 Nephi Dental Clinic in Nephi, Utah, a call at 435-623-1916 to pencil in a visit with Dr. Scott and Doug Petersen and their team.