Learn the Facts About the Best Type of Dental Crown for Every Situation.

When a tooth lacks stability, a dental crown can restore its appearance, size, and strength. Dental crowns protect the tooth after procedures such as a root canal, dental bridge, or dental implant. Patients may also get a crown to cover a damaged or discolored tooth or support a decay-weakened tooth. 

If you think you might need a crown, you’re not alone. Single crown placement is the most common restorative procedure performed in the U.S.! Keep reading to learn the types of dental crowns and cost of different styles.

What Are Dental Crowns Made of for Highly Visible Teeth? Dentist holding an amalgam crown with a tool next to the mouth of a smiling woman in a dentist's office

Typically, full porcelain or ceramic crowns are used on the most visible teeth. These two options allow the dentist to choose a shade that closely resembles your teeth. Full porcelain and ceramic crowns closely resemble your natural teeth, making them a popular choice, especially for front teeth. On the other hand, the material is weaker than others, like gold.

Next to full porcelain or ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal is the most natural-looking option. These crowns have a metal structure covered by porcelain, making them more durable than an all-porcelain crown. This combination of materials makes the dental crown a strong yet natural-looking choice. One potential disadvantage, however, is that receding gums can reveal the underlying metal as a dark line next to the gums.

What are Dental Crowns Made of for Molars? 

Dental crowns for molars are made from a gold alloy (a mixture with other metals). Gold has the best longevity of any crown material and will rarely break. This makes it preferable for molars, which need to be durable to bite and chew hard foods. Additionally, while gold crowns are obvious in the front of the mouth, their use for molars makes them less visible. 

Gold crowns are also the best option for people with TMJ or bruxism, as these conditions put more pressure on the teeth. Over time, pressure on the teeth can cause the gum to recede and expose parts of the tooth root to plaque.

What are Temporary Dental Crowns Made From?

Temporary dental crowns are made from stainless steel. This type of crown is a prefabricated piece placed on a tooth as a short-term measure. The crown protects the teeth while the permanent crown is made from another material. 

Stainless steel is the most common material used for pediatric dental crowns, which protects baby teeth from decay until the adult teeth come in. Once the tooth comes out, the stainless steel crown will fall out naturally. The other advantage is that it doesn’t require multiple dental visits to put in place.

How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?

The types of dental crowns and cost to placeHandsome senior wearing a blue shirt isolated on a grey background. Smiling and pointing at his perfect teeth. them are highly dependent on your particular dental needs. Three major factors will affect the cost of any dental crown:

  • Crown Material. Pricing will vary based on what the dental crown is made from.  Full porcelain crowns are more expensive than gold crowns, which in turn, are pricier than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
  • Insurance. Some people do not have insurance but can still sign up for dental plans which offer reduced rates for members within a local network. If you have insurance, it may cover part of the cost of a crown. There are also assistance programs provided by the state which can ease dental costs.
  • The Specific Dental Clinic. Rates may vary from one dental clinic to another, sometimes depending on location. Penn Dental Medicine operates out of a dental school, allowing us to offer reduced prices for crown procedures compared to other local clinics.

Ready for your affordable dental crown? To learn more about the types of dental crowns and costs at Penn Dental Medicine, or to schedule a crown consultation, click here or please call us at 215-898-8965!