GettyImages_487585513-CrownsIt’s true.  There really is not a one-size-fits-all solution with your teeth, and dental crowns are no exception.  There are six basic types of dental crowns, each impacting how durable the crown is and how well the crown will match your natural teeth.

  1. Stainless Steel Crowns- These crowns are a temporary fix most commonly used in small children.  They are pre-made, so they can be fitted in one dental visit.  When the child’s tooth falls out naturally, so does the temporary crown.
  2. All Metal- All metal crowns are – as the name would suggest – made of all metal.  They are most commonly crafted as a gold crown, but they can be made of many other metal materials or a combination of metal materials.  These crowns are a good permanent solution as they are very strong.  However, cosmetically they may be a poor solution.
  3. Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal- This option is the most natural looking.  It can be color matched to blend well with the surrounding teeth, and it is an excellent choice for front teeth.  It is fairly resilient but the porcelain part of it may chip.
  4. All Resin- One of the least expensive options, all resin crowns are not as resilient and may wear down with time.
  5. All Ceramic- All ceramic teeth are great for front teeth as they offer many cosmetic benefits.  They look closer to natural teeth, and are often made of porcelain.  These, however, are not as sturdy as porcelain-fused-to-metal, and they can cause more damage to the surrounding teeth.
  6. Temporary & Permanent- Most crowns offer permanent solutions, though they may break or wear with time.  Temporary solutions are less expensive but will require more work down the road.

It is important that you discuss all your dental options with our professionals to better understand which option is right for you.