Dental crowns sit on your damaged tooth and completely encapsulate it. They are a good fix for issues like broken, chipped, worn out, or root canal-treated teeth. Tooth crowns are aesthetically appealing and look and function exactly like natural teeth. If you are due to get one, keep reading to find out about the types of dental crowns you can choose from.

How Many Types of Dental Crowns Are There?

The good news is that there are multiple types of dental crowns to choose from. However, we suggest getting help from a professional to make the final call. There are many deciding factors like the extent of damage, cost, and overall goals, to consider first.

Here are the various kinds of dental crowns available:

1. All-porcelain crowns

They are produced with ceramic materials and are by far the most popular type of crown, particularly for front teeth. The reason behind it is the natural-looking aesthetics. They are designed to mimic your real teeth in terms of shape, size, and color.

Some types of all-ceramic crowns include the following options:

  • Zirconia crowns are made from a premium ceramic material. They are well-known for their strength, resistance to force, and durability against chips and breaks. Their use is popular in modern dentistry because of the “natural teeth look” and their versatility.
  • Glass-ceramic crowns include options like Emax, Empress, LiSi, or Suprinity. They offer the same translucent properties mimicking natural teeth, which is why they are useful for both anterior and posterior teeth. They are popular in CAD/CAM, “One-Day Crown” restorations. However, their best usage needs a bit more clarity for those with less tooth space or who struggle with bruxism due to their medium strength and potential for breakage.
  • Hybrid ceramic crowns, like Enamic and Cerasment, are a combination of ceramic and composite materials. Both work together to increase the aesthetic appeal and provide medium-range strength. They are a good option for crowning both anterior and posterior teeth and can be used in CAD/CAM work and “One-day Crown” restorations as well. Moreover, they are useful in minimally invasive tooth restorations and beneficial for those with less dentine.

2. Resin-based Crown

Resin crowns are one of the temporary types, usually made for patients to try on and evaluate how they want to make the permanent ones.

3. Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown

PFM Crown has a metal base structure that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd. It is usually considered a good thing; however, since it gives an unnatural look, they use it quite less.

4. Full Metal Crown

All-metal crowns, such as golden or palladium, offer increased durability, with the power to bear chewing force and not get easily broken in the process. Such types of dental crowns do not have a top layer of ceramic. They are alternative kinds of crowns that provide adequate functionality and aesthetics.

5. Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are used for young patients that have baby teeth. They are for a temporary fix since your children will grow a new set of teeth, and steel crowns will naturally fall off.

Closing Note

If you want to learn more about the types of dental crowns we offer, make that appointment as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to contact our expert, Dr. Jeevan Ghatnekar, an ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry member at Irvine Family & Implant Dentistry, for all your dental needs. Our experienced staff can help you at every step of the way. To book a consultation, just give us a call at (949) 552-1380.

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