Crown, Facts on the Procedure & Pain

Dental crowns are caps designed to restore the look and function of damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentists may recommend dental crowns to protect weakened teeth as a result of decay. Besides protection, a dental crown also supports or covers a large filling, securely holds a dental bridge in place and last but not least conceals a discolored tooth.

Based on these facts, it’s clear that dental crowns not only improve your smile but they also enhance oral functionality. If your dentist recently recommended dental crowns you probably have a lot of questions in mind like what type of dental crown to get or how much is it going to cost. This dental crown guide will educate you about your options so you’ll know what type is best for you.

What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Gold Dental Crowns – gold crowns are a mix of copper and metals like chromium or nickel. The main benefit of gold crowns is that they are highly durable and impressively strong. Unfortunately, you’ll rarely see gold crowns being fabricated today because of their glaring color.

Porcelain Crowns – the most popular type of dental crown is porcelain. It’s a popular choice because it greatly resembles natural teeth in terms of color. The translucence also accurately mimics real teeth. This is the ideal choice for front teeth restorations. In addition, porcelain crowns are biocompatible, which means it is free from toxic metal. The only disadvantage of porcelain crowns is they are not as robust as metal crowns. They can last a long time but under one condition, you have to properly care for them. This is not the best option if you suffer from bruxism. In terms of cost, porcelain is more expensive compared to metal.

Porcelain Fused To Metal Crowns – porcelain fused to metal crowns are also popular in the dental industry because of their impeccable strength. They also have the same aesthetics as porcelain. These crowns are highly reliable since they have been around for over 5 decades. They are also cheaper compared to porcelain. Perhaps the only disadvantage of this type of dental crown is that it gives your gumline a greyish color.

Zirconia Crowns – the newest addition to the different dental crown types is zirconia. It has the strength of metal with the cosmetic appeal of porcelain. You get the best of both worlds with zirconia crowns. Layered zirconia and high translucent zirconia are the top choices today. In terms of aesthetics, zirconia is a sure win. They are also built to be strong and durable, which means there’s very little chance they’ll break or chip. It’s also very convenient since your dentist can shape the zirconia in-office so basically you can have them in just one visit. Wear and tear is unlikely because of their unmatched strength. Another major advantage of zirconia is that they are metal-free so you don’t have to worry about allergic reactions.

How Much Do These Crowns Cost?

The cost of dental crowns varies depending on the material used. However, you can expect to pay between $600 and $2,500 for gold crowns, $800 and $3,000 for all porcelain crowns, $500 and $1,500 for porcelain fused to metal crowns. Zirconia crowns more or less cost the same as porcelain crowns. However, you can save roughly 50% if your insurance covers crowns.


If you are going to choose a dental crown don’t be quick to pick the cheapest option. It’s best to know what your options are, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type and compare the cost before you decide. The most important thing of all is to choose a reputable cosmetic dentist to perform the procedure.

Author: Dr Gerald Regni

Dr Gerald Regni, DMD, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He does general and cosmetic dentistry, but has a special interest and focus in biological and holistic dentistry. He can be contacted at:  Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD  937 Christian St  Philadelphia, PA 19147  (215) 351-9399