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Omid Barkhordar, DDS


Professionally Made Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps or dental caps, are dental restorations that cap a dental implant or tooth.

Crowns are normally bonded to the tooth using a specific type of dental cement in order to restore the tooth’s strength, function, appearance, and natural form. When cemented into place, crowns encase the whole visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line.

Getting some of the highest quality dental crowns dentistry has to offer is easy. Dr. Barkhordar will take the time to fully discuss how a crown may be a good option for you as well as explain the different types available.

Why Do You Need a Dental Crown?

  1. To cover a tooth with a large filling that is unsupported by the small amount of tooth structure remaining.
  2. To hold together a cracked, weak tooth to keep it from breaking, such as in the case of decay.
  3. To restore fractured or cracked teeth.
  4. To restore teeth after endodontic treatment or a root canal.
  5. To cap a dental implant.
  6. To conceal misshaped or excessively discolored teeth.
  7. To replace a missing tooth as part of a bridge
  8. To restore one’s ability to chew and speak properly

Different Types of Crown Materials

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They include:

  1. Metal, such as gold or metal alloys, or a combination of both
  2. Ceramic materials, such as porcelain
  3. All resin

Full Metal Crowns

These crowns are usually made from gold alloy or gold-palladium alloy with a blend of other metals, or other base-metal alloys such as chromium or nickel. These are mostly used for teeth that have minimal tooth structure. The benefits of gold dental crowns include:


The physical properties of gold make it very easy to work with, which increases the ability of attaining a precise fit over the existing tooth.


Using metal through-and-through means that the crown can withstand chewing and biting forces very well. They do not chip or break, which makes them the most durable among all dental crown materials.

Compatibility with Enamel

While gold is very strong, its wear rate is similar to that of tooth enamel, which means that a gold crown would not cause excessive wear on the opposing teeth.

The most common drawback for using metallic crowns is their unappealing color. For this reason, most people get metal crowns for the molars, where they won’t be very visible when smiling or talking.

All-Porcelain Crowns

These crowns are created using porcelain, or ceramic. Porcelain crowns are translucent, tooth colored, and are the most cosmetically pleasing of all dental crown materials. This makes them a good and popular choice, especially for teeth that show when talking or smiling. They are also a good choice for patients who may be allergic to metal.

Despite their aesthetic appeal, the general strength of all-porcelain crowns is not as great as metal crowns. They are excellent for front teeth but less so for back teeth because of the heavy biting and chewing forces of those teeth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

As the name suggests, these crowns have porcelain fused over a metal crown. This type of crown has the advantage of looking like a natural tooth but with added strength. They can be used for both front and back teeth, and are especially good for back teeth since they can withstand the heavy biting pressures of those teeth. Our dentist makes a shell of metal to fit over the tooth, and then fuses a veneer of porcelain over the metal to give the crown a white, tooth-like appearance.

One drawback to porcelain fused-to-metal crowns is that sometimes there can be a dark line visible just above the gum line where the metal shows through the porcelain. This becomes even more visible if your gums recede. Additionally, the crown’s porcelain can create wear on the opposing teeth, and it can also chip or break off.

All-Resin Crowns

These are made from a composite material that is very similar to tooth-colored fillings. They are best used on front teeth, as they are susceptible to wear. They are generally more economical than porcelain crowns.

Schedule an Appointment

Find out more about how dental crowns can enhance your smile and restore teeth that have been damaged, stained, or are part of a restoration. Schedule an appointment at See Me Smile with Dr. Barkhordar today.

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