Teeth that have large cavities, fractures, or large fillings, such as amalgam (silver) fillings, are prone to breaking, so our Mesa and Gilbert, AZ dentists will recommend a crown for the tooth to provide the best protection possible. This will hopefully avoid any future issues, such as a root canal. There are a few different types of dental crowns: stainless steel, gold, porcelain, and a combination of porcelain and metal. Each type of crown has different pros and cons, including functioning ability, longevity, and cosmetic. We work with our patients to determine which style best suits their needs to restore their smiles and give them optimal oral health.