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Navigating the Choices for Your Dental Crown: Materials Matter

At Seaport Family Dental in Redwood City, CA, Dr. Steven Deng, DDS, and his skilled team understand that choosing the suitable material for your dental crown is crucial to the aesthetics of your smile and your overall oral health and comfort. Dental crowns, a cornerstone of restorative dentistry, come in various materials, each with its unique advantages and considerations. This comprehensive guide aims to illuminate the path for patients deciding to select the best material for their dental crown, ensuring a choice that aligns with their needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

Understanding Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are custom-fitted caps placed over a tooth for protection, restoration, or cosmetic enhancement. They are recommended for various situations, including protecting a weak tooth, restoring a broken tooth, covering a dental implant, or enhancing the appearance of a tooth. The choice of material is pivotal, influencing the crown’s durability, appearance, and functionality.

The Spectrum of Crown Materials

The evolution of dental materials has provided patients with more choices than ever before, each suited to different needs and preferences. Here’s a closer look at the most commonly used materials for dental crowns:


  • Aesthetics: Porcelain crowns offer a natural translucency that mimics the appearance of natural teeth, making them a popular choice for front teeth.
  • Biocompatibility: Porcelain is well-tolerated by the body, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions.
  • Considerations: While offering excellent aesthetics, pure porcelain can sometimes be less durable than other options, particularly for back teeth that endure more biting force.


  • Versatility: Advanced ceramic materials, such as zirconia, combine aesthetic qualities with enhanced strength, suitable for front and back teeth.
  • Durability: Ceramic crowns, especially those made from zirconia, are known for their durability and resistance to wear, rivaling that of metal crowns.
  • Aesthetic Adaptability: Ceramics can be matched to the natural color of surrounding teeth, providing a seamless appearance.


  • Strength: Metal crowns, including gold, palladium, and other alloys, are extremely durable and withstand biting and chewing forces well, making them ideal for back teeth.
  • Longevity: Metal crowns have a long track record of success and longevity.
  • Aesthetic Considerations: The metallic color is the primary drawback, making them less desirable for visible teeth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)

  • Combining Strength and Aesthetics: PFM crowns offer the strength of a metal core with a porcelain exterior for a more natural appearance.
  • Versatility: Suitable for both front and back teeth, balancing aesthetics and durability.
  • Considerations: The porcelain can wear down or chip over time, revealing the metal underneath.

Factors Influencing Crown Material Choice

Choosing the suitable crown material involves considering several factors:

  • Location of the Tooth: Front vs. back teeth have different aesthetic and functional demands.
  • Biting Force: Individuals with a firm bite or who grind their teeth might need more durable materials.
  • Gum Health: Certain materials are better suited for individuals with sensitive or receding gums.
  • Aesthetic Preferences: The desire for a crown that mimics natural teeth closely influences material choice.
  • Cost and Insurance Coverage: Budget constraints and insurance coverage can also guide decision-making.

The Seaport Family Dental Approach

Dr. Steven Deng and the team at Seaport Family Dental take a personalized approach to help patients choose the most suitable crown material. During consultations, they consider all factors, including dental health, aesthetic goals, and lifestyle, to recommend the best option. Whether it’s a porcelain crown for a front tooth restoration or a durable ceramic crown for a molar, each recommendation is tailored to ensure optimal outcomes for the patient.

Beyond Material Choice: The Importance of Expertise

While selecting the suitable material is critical, the expertise of the dental professional placing the crown is equally essential. At Seaport Family Dental, patients can trust in the high skill level of Dr. Deng and his team, combined with state-of-the-art technology, to ensure that their crowns are made from the best materials and crafted and placed with precision.

Choosing the suitable material for your dental crown can significantly impact your oral health and confidence. At Seaport Family Dental, we are dedicated to guiding our patients through this important decision, ensuring they are informed, comfortable, and ultimately satisfied with their choice.

A Partnership in Oral Health

In the journey towards restoring your smile, the choice of crown material is significant. With the guidance of Dr. Steven Deng and the supportive team at Seaport Family Dental, patients can navigate this decision with ease and confidence. Combining expert advice with personalized care ensures that each patient achieves the optimal balance of aesthetics, function, and durability in their dental crown, contributing to a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.

Ready to explore your dental crown options? Contact Seaport Family Dental at 650-365-0300 today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a restored radiant smile.


  1. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry – Comparative analysis of the longevity and wear of different dental crown materials.
  2. American Dental Association (ADA) – Overview of dental materials for crowns and bridges.
  3. International Journal of Dentistry – Study on patient satisfaction and aesthetic outcomes with different crown materials.
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