different types of crowns for a great smile

What Types of Dental Crowns are Available?

If you have a tooth that’s damaged or decayed, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to restore its shape and function. Here’s a look at the different types of dental crowns, as well as their benefits and drawbacks.


Porcelain crowns

There are two types available and, although there are several considerations when choosing one over the other, here is some basic information


A full porcelain crown is made entirely out of porcelain is an ideal option if a very close match to the color of your natural teeth is needed. For this reason, full porcelain crowns are generally used to repair teeth that are easily seen when you smile.


Porcelain fused to metal crowns

Also known as PFM crowns, the metal interior gives the crown strength, while its porcelain exterior allows the crown to blend in with your natural teeth. One downside is that PFM crowns is that they sometimes result in greying along the gumline.


Metal crowns

The strongest type of dental crown available are those made of metal such as gold. This option is unlikely to chip and takes a long time to show signs of wear. A metal crown also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed in order to secure the fixture. The main complaint about this type of crown is that its colour makes it stand out. This is why metal crowns tend to be used to repair back teeth.



Are crowns the same as dental implants?

It’s important to note that dental crowns and implants are quite different. Whereas a crown is a cap that’s placed over a damaged tooth to reinforce it, a dental implant is an artificial root that’s surgically inserted into your jawbone and over which, a crown is attached in order to replace a missing tooth. Read more about the differences between them.


Consult with your dentist in Red Deer

Whether you have a dental emergency or need your annual exam and cleaning, the team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre can help. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to restore the appearance and function of your smile. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.