Understanding the Different Types of Dental Crowns

Understanding the Different Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one solution to teeth that are worn down, decayed, cracked, or otherwise not functionally. They are caps that fit over the visible part of a tooth. If you are considering treatment with a dental crown, it's important to note that there are many different types of dental crowns. Each offers various benefits and has its own drawbacks.

Metal Crowns

Often made from gold, nickel, palladium, or chromium, metal crowns are durable and rarely break or chip. Metal crowns are excellent for restoring molars because they are strong and don't wear out opposing teeth. However, one drawback to them is that some people may be allergic to metal, and metal crowns can corrode over time.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combine the durability of metal with the natural look of porcelain. However, the metal in these crowns has been known to cause a gray line at the gumline.

Pressed Ceramic Crowns

Pressed ceramic crowns have a hard inner ceramic core and multiple layers of porcelain. They also look more realistic than metal crowns.

All-Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns

All-ceramic and porcelain crowns mimic the appearance and color of tooth enamel.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia crowns are made of premium ceramic material; strong and resistant to chipping and breaking.

Glass Ceramic Crowns

Glass ceramic crowns have translucent properties like natural teeth and medium strength.

Hybrid Ceramic Crowns

Hybrid ceramic crowns combine ceramic and composite materials and can be used on either anterior or posterior teeth.

All-Resin Crowns

All-resin crowns cost less than other types of crowns but are more likely to break. While resin crowns are less expensive upfront, they may not last as long and could end up costing more in the long run due to replacements.

When you meet with one of our dental providers, they will assess the state of your mouth and oral health. They will also discuss your treatment goals. All of this information can help you and your provider determine what type of crown best matches your lifestyle and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Can a Dental Crown Get a Cavity?

While the dental crown itself cannot get a cavity, the underlying tooth or tooth bud can. Tooth decay can develop beneath older crowns due to a breakdown in the bond or sealant after years of biting or chewing food. The best way to avoid getting cavities in this area and throughout your mouth is through daily oral hygiene—brushing and flossing at home and seeing your dentist for routine cleaning and check-ups at least once every six months. You should avoid biting your fingernails, chewing ice, using your teeth to open packages, and grinding or clenching your teeth.

Can I Whiten My Crown with Teeth Whitening Treatments?

Trying to whiten a crown with tooth-whitening products can be unsuccessful and may break down the material. Instead, dentists typically recommend getting any whitening treatments before getting a crown placed so the crown can be color-matched with the natural teeth.

Dental Crowns at Midtown Dental Care Associates

At Midtown Dental Care Associates, we will partner with you to give you the smile of your dreams. For some people, this means getting treatment with dental crowns. Our experienced dental providers can help determine what treatments and crowns might be right for you.

Give us a call at 212.685.4730 to learn more and to schedule an appointment today.