One material that people normally get very excited about today is the latest zirconium dioxide crowns which is almost like a porcelain crowns that are fused with metal frame work. This is overlaid with some awesome and beautiful ceramic layers. The zirconium crowns looks most similar to the natural teeth. Gold crowns have been around for a long time now. So this is a conservative choice and it has a good track record of having worked very well. There are two issues with golden crowns – this is that they are expensive and the color is not suitable. So from the monetary angle and the aesthetic point of view, gold is not a really good option today. Gold is clinically acceptable but the fact is that patients with golden crowns visit their dentists to have these replaced with crowns in porcelain or zirconium. So although from the dentist’s point of view gold is a great option, for the patients gold can be a major concern.
Porcelain crowns fused to metals are also time tested options which has a metal core or coping. The metal is opaque and is covered with ceramic or porcelain. With a lot of skill it is possible to give enough room and make the crowns porcelain look very appealing and aesthetic. But this requires you to visit a very talented and experienced cosmetic dentists, who is experienced in handling porcelain crowns and has a good track record with a good number of patients. Zirconium crowns or zirconium overlaid with porcelain and ceramic. This crown options uses a basic zirconia core just like the metal crowns which are fused with porcelain. This core is dentin colored you do not have to great lengths to have it covered or camouflage them. Aesthetically this is the best you can get in zirconium dental crowns.
When you compare these options, you have to keep many other things in mind, apart from the budget and the aesthetics. You have to also consider the protection of the tooth structure as such. A gold crown can be 1 mm thin or even thinner. The ceramic or zirconium crowns will be at least 1.5 mm whereas the porcelain ones will be 2mm thick. The zirconium will appear to be the best option as they are natural looking as they are translucent and look similar to your other normal teeth.