If you need a crown on one of your teeth then you will have some say when it comes to the type of crown you get. The dentist will likely present you with some options and when they do, the process will go faster and easier if you already know a bit about your different options. Having the answers to questions often asked by people in your position can be helpful for you and here are some of those answers:

What material options can you choose from with dental crowns?

There are a number of materials you can choose from when it comes to your dental crowns.

Gold alloy is an option that used to be quite popular. Although it isn't as popular today, there are still many people who choose it. Gold alloy crowns are strong and they won't cause wearing on the teeth they come in contact with.

Stainless steel is an option reserved for children's baby teeth. The crown will hold long enough for their baby teeth to come out, at which point the crown will come out as well. These crowns are not intended to be permanent, but they are the most cost effective choice when dealing with a tooth that's going to grow out anyway.

Porcelain crowns are also referred to as ceramic crowns. These are a popular choice because the porcelain material is not only durable, but it also gives the look of a real tooth. Porcelain can also be put over a metal crown, or it can be partially put on a crown, so only the part of the crown that's the most visible will look like a real tooth. One reason for only applying the porcelain to the visible part of the tooth is because the porcelain can be damaged easier than the metals used in crowns.

What other options do you have with crowns?

There aren't many other options with regards to your crowns aside from choosing their material. This is due to most people wanting them to look like their other teeth, or opting for the full metal crowns. However, there is one option that's become popular and that is to have a tattoo put on the crown. The tattoo goes under the last couple layers of the porcelain material, so it can be easily removed later on, but will remain in place as long as you want it on your tooth.