Types Of Dental Crowns And Their Uses

metalcrownDental crowns are a common treatment for decayed or damaged teeth that still have enough tooth structure to save. Placing a dental crown is not a complex or difficult procedure and does not require surgery as a dental implant would. There are different types of dental crowns. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. If you are considering a crown, there are a number of factors to be taken into account before making a decision as to what type of crown to choose. Knowing the types of dental crowns available and their uses can be very helpful.

Types of Dental Crowns

When deciding which crown is right for you there are three major factors to consider: strength, durability, and esthetics. There are three types of dental crowns:
All-metal: Fabricated entirely out of metal these crowns are typically used for molars because of their strength and durability. Metal crowns are often the treatment of choice for individuals who brux (grind and clench), and for back teeth which are harder to see.
All-ceramic: Usually made from porcelain, these crowns are often the treatment of choice for front teeth due to their esthetics. They are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal which also makes them a good choice for front teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): PFM’s are basically a metal crown (for strength and durability) with a porcelain coating fused to the surface (for esthetics).
Zirconia: Fracture and chip resistant, these crowns are very strong and esthetic and are also often the treatment of choice for patients who brux.

Pros and Cons

All-metal crowns offer a precise fit, strength, longevity, biocompatibility and minimal tooth reduction, but are not esthetically pleasing. All-ceramic crowns are esthetic but not as strong or long-lasting. PFM crowns supply the strength and fit, but the porcelain can chip, and can also wear down teeth that bite against it.  Dr. Quinn Smith will help you choose the type of crown that’s right for you.


Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.