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If you have a damaged or fractured tooth or you’ve lost a large filling then you might be giving serious consideration to having that tooth or several teeth fitted with a crown.

There are several different materials your crown can be made from. The type of material that works best can be for cosmetic or functional reasons.

An all-ceramic crown is made from a porcelain material. This is a popular material for front teeth because it can be color matched to the existing teeth. An all-ceramic crown can be more brittle than other materials, especially during heavy biting or when eating crunchy foods.

Porcelain fused to metal is one alternative crown to consider for its durability. In this case a metal crown is fitted with a porcelain exterior. In some cases the metal might appear near the gum line, this is especially true if you’ve had issues with periodontal disease or receding gums.

Gold alloys are a blend of different metals, with gold and copper being the most common. These crowns are very durable resisting wear and fracture. They are a good choice if you grind your teeth. Gold alloy crowns are usually used on molars or other teeth not visible in your smile.

Base metal crowns are made from a mixture of non-noble metals. They are very similar to gold alloy crowns as they are durable, yet not preferable for teeth that are in your smile.

Your dentist can help answer questions and advise you on what type of material is best for your crown.