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While the first word you think of when you hear or read the word “crown” is probably “gold,” dental crowns actually come in a wide variety of substances — including gold. Here are a few of the many varieties that oral crowns can come in:

Ceramic crowns. Ceramic crowns are porcelain-based, meaning they are created 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 chompers, they are a popular 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 relatively strong when compared to porcelain crowns alone. If the tooth we are working on is used for crushing food, we may recommend 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 great all-around option that is robust, resistant to decay itself and harmless to your chompers 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 strive to save 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 checkup yet? If not, please give JP Dental and Implant Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, a call at 970-243-2025 to pencil in a visit with Dr. John P. Poovey and their team.