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Types of Dental Crowns

A Gold Dental Crown
A Gold Dental Crown

Gold crowns are one of the classic types of dental crowns used in dentistry and there are two types. The full gold crown is made entirely of gold or a gold alloy. Another type is porcelain fused to a metal crown (PFM), made from a combination of gold and porcelain.

A Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Dental Crown
A Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Dental Crown

Porcelain fused to metal crowns (or PFM crowns) can be referred to as full-cast crowns which has porcelain fused on most or all parts of the tooth. They are a hybrid between porcelain and metal crowns. The entire crown has a metal layer underlying and porcelain / ceramic on top of it.

An all-Ceramic Dental Crown
An all-Ceramic Dental Crown

Placing an all-ceramic crown may offer some advantages in regard to biocompatibility. The types of ceramics used to make them are typically no more abrasive than dental enamel itself (gold crowns have this advantage too.).

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