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While the first word you think of when you hear 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 a few of the many varieties that oral crowns come in:

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

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

Golden crowns. Golden crowns, or gold crowns, are made from alloys of gold or other metals. This is a good all-around option that is robust, resistant to erosion itself and harmless to your teeth and gums. A few people even prefer the look of golden crowns to porcelain crowns, and long ago golden teeth were considered a status symbol! (Though we still recommend that you strive to keep all of your natural teeth!)

There are other, less-prevalent varieties 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 David B. Peterson, DDS in Bakersfield, California, a call at 661-587-7002 to set up a checkup with Dr. David Peterson and their staff.