Are all crowns created equal?

No. There are many different types of crowns, or caps, that you can choose from when and if you are ever in that situation. Hands down, if you need a crown on one of your back top teeth, consider gold! The author has all of his back upper and lower teeth crowned in gold. The reason is that gold lasts, even up to 40 years! Gold wears like natural teeth and most importantly, it never breaks like a porcelain crown. Porcelain is like glass and can and will break at some point in time.

Since most of us do not want gold or metal teeth, tooth colored crowns are what are made about 99% of the time. There are a number of different kinds to choose from, so ask your dentist which ones are available for you. The strongest one to date is the Zirconia crown. These crowns have been more opaque in the past, but are becoming more esthetic due to their popularity with dentists! So, remember, purchasing a dental crown is like purchasing a new phone. What features are important to you, since even the most unattractive flip phone still lets you talk to the other person, just like every crown still lets you enjoy a good meal!