Types of Dental Crowns: Procedure and Cost

The crown is the portion of the tooth visible in the mouth while the hidden portions covered with gums and into the jaw bone are called roots. A dental crown is needed when the teeth are suffering from issues such as dental caries that are too wide to be covered with a filling, broken teeth, susceptibility, infections, etc. A dental professional will also recommend a crown if there is a need to cover an implant, to align your bite, to conceal a tooth that had undergone a root canal treatment, to level the size, to change your teeth’ shape or color. 

It is simply a cemented cap that protects and restores the tooth from such dental issues. You should take serious care of the dental crown after you have it and get it monitored frequently to prevent complications such as getting cavities under the crown, having the crown chipped or cracked, or experiencing extreme pain in that area.

Dental crowns

It can be made from a variety of materials including metal, porcelain, etc. Your choice of materials to be used will determine its cost, strength, and durability. Here is a random rundown of variations of the dental crowns and the cost: 

5 Main Types of Dental Crown:

  1. Gold Crowns

Gold crowns are a mixture of copper and other metals, such as nickel or chromium. This type of crown is usually used for back or posterior restorations. This is usually recommended by some dentists at Markham Stouffville Smile Centre due to its core advantage; longevity and strength. Aside from these cores, gold crowns are known to be highly resistant; it functions just like the natural tooth enamel, and only minimal portions of the natural tooth are scaled. Although gold crowns are superb, they are not chosen at all times due to aesthetic reasons; gold crowns do not appear just like a natural tooth. If you happen to be conscious of your teeth’ looks and are having allergic reactions to such kind of material, this type of crown is not highly suggested for you. Talk to us or visit Markham Smile Center to know if gold crowns are suited for you.

  1. All-ceramic

This type of crown is predominantly chosen by many due to the all-ceramics’ aesthetic functions. All-ceramic crowns are usually made of zirconia or aluminous; materials that are very good for areas that are congested as these can be installed even though the thickness is reduced which is impossible for other types of materials. Additionally, all-ceramics crowns are highly recommended for those that are having allergies to metals as they use no metal making them luminous, natural-looking, and beautiful. However, utmost care, as well as cautionary measures, must be practiced.

  1. Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)

Another frequently used form of dental crowns is Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. Due to PFM’s metal and porcelain composition, it is an excellent option for patients that are longing for aesthetics and durability. In this type of crown, a metal structure is coated with porcelain; two materials being fused that function very well and are inexpensive among types of porcelain crowns. Aesthetically, this type of crown appears to have a grey line right above the gum line making others refuse to have such type. Moreover, this one is prone to be worn down that easily whenever teeth clenching occurs. 

  1. Zirconia Crowns

Zirconium is a comparatively modern material that incorporates metal strength and ith porcelain crown aesthetics. High transparent and layered crowns of zirconia have recently become a more common alternative by many. Not only is it strong and durable but also aesthetically beautiful. Zirconia crowns are not prone to chipping and are far possible to wear down. This has been the choice of many because it is biocompatible; allergic reactions are impossible to augment due to the zirconia’s metal-free feature. Moreover, patients will be spending less time on the whole process as zirconia crowns are made right at your dental clinic. However, zirconia crowns are found to be difficult to adjust.

  1. E-MAX: Lithium Disilicate Crowns

Today, the most recent form of crown is known as E -Max. It is made of lithium disilicate, light and thin belonging to an all-ceramic type of crown. This crown is known due to its durability and strength. This is recommended for it looks great and beautiful. This is also flexible whether you need it to be installed in either front or back-portioned teeth – it is compatible. However, this is a little bit expensive and is not widely practiced yet making it a little bit hazardous.


This type of crown is the most popular and commonly used form of a crown. They are made entirely of porcelain making them appear the best and natural. All-porcelain crowns can copy the exact features of your natural teeth (form, color, size). Although this type may break the bank, it is toxic-free, durable, biocompatible, and the best choice for the restoration of front teeth. 

What Is The Cost of Dental Crowns?

The cost of crowns varies depending on the material being used and the size of the tooth. All-metal crowns often are cheaper than gold or porcelain crowns or any other type of materials. If the dentist needs to do more thorough prep work before placing in the crown, prices could also double. For particular, you may need a root canal, a dental implant, gingivectomy, or minimal gum surgery, factors that may trigger the price to rise up two or three times the budget. Its estimated price range is from $800 up to $1500. To help consider your dental expenses, consult with Markham Smile Center about the kinds of crowns that are available and ideal for your dental needs.

Average Cost of a Tooth Crown?

When you have insurance, it is possible that insurance companies might shoulder some of the procedures required or may arise. The estimated value to be covered is 50 percent of the price. However, this depends on the type of insurance you have and the specific situation or case.

Today’s dental crown price range per tooth can be as follows:

Gold crowns may range from $600 up to $2,500; for All-porcelain crowns is $800-$3,000; $500-$1,500 for Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, Zirconia Crowns and E-max crowns.

Having a crown needs a commitment for this procedure is done to last long – all your life if possible. That means that the crown will stay in your mouth for several years. Due to this reason, you want it handled in the most professional and knowledgeable manner. So, if possible, do not attempt to run straight to the least expensive dentist without evaluating the choices while considering its forms and prices. Prior to choosing, weigh in possibilities than spending a little more wherein there is an assurance that it will last longer and turn out good. Intrust your concerns to Markham Stouffville Smile Centre and we will surely take care of you!