Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns Posted on December 23, 2019 A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. Reasons you may need a crown:You have had root canal treatment — the crown will protect the restored toothYou have a cavity that is too large for a fillingYou have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakenedYou are missing teeth where a bridge is neededYou want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smileTypes of Dental CrownsMetals used in crowns include gold, palladium, nickel, or chromium. Metal crowns last the longest in terms of wear down, and only require a small amount of tooth to be removed.Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. These are commonly used in children, used to protect a baby tooth from further decay. When the baby tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be matched to the color of the teeth beside them. They look more natural than a metal crown. Although, a drawback is that the crown’s porcelain portion can chip or break off and it may wear down the tooth opposite to it.All-resin dental crowns are a less expensive alternative. However, they wear down over time and are more likely to break.All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide the best natural color match than any other crown type. They are also a good choice for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Pressed ceramic crowns have a hard inner core. They replace the metal liner that is used in the all-ceramic crown-making process. Pressed ceramic crowns are capped with porcelain, which provides the best natural color match. They are also more long-lasting than an all-porcelain crown.¾ crowns and onlays are crowns that cover less of the underlying tooth than the traditional crown. CostThe typical cost of most dental crowns can vary anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500. If a dental crown is not covered by an insurance policy—or if a patient doesn’t have insurance—third-party financing companies can be utilized to create a payment installment plan.