The 5 Types of Dental Crowns – What You Need to Know

The 5 Types Of Dental Crowns Balog DDS Monroe Michigan

Dental crowns are caps placed on top of damaged teeth. Crowns cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings aren’t enough to solve the problem. Dental crowns can be made out of metals, porcelain, resin and ceramics. They typically don’t require special care over time other than regular good oral hygiene. Let’s look at the different types/materials of crowns.

1. All Resin

These dental crowns tend to be less expensive than the other crowns. There is a downside to the cost. Due to the inexpensive nature of the material, they wear down faster. Some people often even report the crowns completely breaking. If at all possible, stray away from this crown option and opt for one with a longer lifespan.

2. Metal

There are several metals that can be used in dental crowns, including gold, palladium, and more. The best part about these crowns is that they rarely break or chip. They last the longest in terms of wear and tear. Another plus is that only a small amount of your tooth needs to be removed in order to insert it. These metal crowns can really push through tough chewing and hard foods. The only con is that it won’t be tooth-colored. That being said, this option is great for molars or unseen teeth.

3. Pressed Ceramic

What makes these different is that they have a solid inner core. Pressed ceramic crowns are able to replace the metal liner. This metal liner is used in all ceramic crown-making processes. Another plus is that they are capped with porcelain for the best tooth color match. They also have a tendency to last longer than all-porcelain crowns. That being said, this is definitely something to consider.

4. Porcelain Fused to Metal

The best part about this crown is that is can be matched to the near exact color of your natural tooth. However, something to keep in mind is that the porcelain cap may show through as a dark line. Another downside is that the crown has a higher chance of wearing down other teeth in the mouth that it comes into contact with. The wear occurs most when the mouse is closed.

5. All Ceramic or All Porcelain

Composite bonding can improve the overall look of the bottom teeth. While it can be done on both the top and These types of crowns provide a natural-looking color match and are a good choice if you have metal allergies. However, they aren’t as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. They can also wear down the teeth opposite them in the mouth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a great option for the front teeth.


If you are in need of a crown, it is best to consult a professional. We will recommend the best course of action for your specific needs. Regain confidence in your smile and contact us today to set up an appointment.