What’s the Best Dental Crown Material?

May 10, 2022

3D illustration of dental crown(s)

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t considered the components in dental crowns. You may assume they’re all created from the same material. However, the truth isn’t that simple. It turns out crowns can be made from different substances, each offering unique benefits and drawbacks.

If you’re in the market for a new dental crown, try reading this summary of the different types available. It may just help you find the best kind for your smile!

The Different Types of Dental Crowns

For the most part, dental crowns come in three types: gold, porcelain, or zirconia.


Gold crowns have been used for a long time in dentistry. Their metal is exceptionally durable and long-lasting, even in thin layers.

Still, they have downsides. Most notably, they’re shiny and stand out from the rest of the tooth. They can also cause problems for patients with metal sensitivities and allergies.

Full Porcelain

Porcelain dental crowns are one of the more popular options today. They produce the most natural cosmetic results, don’t conduct heat or cold, and don’t aggravate metal allergies.

Still, this type fractures more easily than the others. It also has the potential to damage opposing teeth.

Porcelain-Zirconia or Zirconia

Dental crowns crafted from porcelain and zirconia have the cosmetic benefits of porcelain and the durability of metal restorations. Full zirconia models are even stronger than porcelain ones. Plus, zirconia-based crowns tend to be less expensive than those that use gold.

On the other hand, zirconia is a metal that might react with a patient’s metal sensitivity. It is also unsuitable for veneers or other partial tooth restorations. Crowns made from full zirconia are also less attractive compared to those made in combination with porcelain.

How to Determine the Right One for You

The above information can supply insight into which crown material best meets your needs. For instance, those made with gold may work well for patients more focused on health than cosmetics. In contrast, porcelain crowns would be good on teeth that need a good appearance. The zirconia type could be ideal for a patient who wants their tooth (or teeth) to be strong and beautiful.

In the end, remember to also speak with your dentist about crowning. They’ll have an in-depth understanding of your dental history and needs.

Don’t just go with whatever counts as a “default” dental crown. Find the one that will help your smile the most!

About the Practice

Aesthetic Dentistry is based in Stuart, FL. Led by Drs. Cary and Wierzbicki, their team emphasizes personalized dentistry that accounts for patients’ wants and needs. The practice offers comprehensive preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. Practicing what they call ‘functional aesthetics,’ they’ll ensure you get a smile that looks and feels fantastic. For more information or to book an appointment, they can be reached at their website or by phone at (772)-888-1590.

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