A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. Once it is permanently bonded in place, only a dentist or specialist can remove it.

With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years or longer.
A crown may be prescribed by your dentist to:

  • Restore and protect a tooth that is worn, decayed, cracked, or broken
  • Protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Hold a dental bride or other prosthetic device in place
  • Improve your smile by covering a misshapen or severely discolored tooth

Crown Types

The Dentist will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the chewing placement and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection. There are three types of crowns. Each type has its own characteristics and qualities:


Zirconium crowns have quickly become the preferred material for dental crowns. Zirconium is a very strong substance that can endure wear and tear of everyday use. When looking at Zirconium crowns from an aesthetic standpoint they are very similar to natural teeth and reflects light the same way. This is important if you are placing crowns on the front teeth next to natural teeth.
Zirconium crowns and bridges are so strong they can be used anywhere in the mouth because they can withstand the biting pressure of front teeth as well as back teeth grinding.

Full Metal

Metal offers strength and endurance. A metal crown may be recommended for back teeth where the forces of biting and chewing are the greatest. A metal crown rarely chips or breaks. In addition, it requires minimal removal of tooth structure.

A gold or high-noble metal crown offers biocompatibility. A base or non-precious metal crown is often the least expensive treatment option. However it lacks biocompatibility and may cause allergic reactions or gumline discoloration and for these reasons are becoming more and more unacceptable.


Porcelain-fused-to-metal offers the benefits of a natural surface color that resembles the rest of your teeth and the strength of a metal substrate.