The Low-Down On Dental Crowns

crowns1Did you know that 15 million Americans have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth? Crowns are a very popular dental treatment. A dental crown is a type of restoration that dentists use to save a badly decayed or damaged tooth. It is fabricated in the shape of the original tooth, placed over the damaged tooth, and cemented into place. Crowns are a minimally invasive way to reconstruct a damaged tooth by saving as much of the natural tooth as possible.


Crowns are commonly the treatment of choice when there is enough healthy tooth structure to save the tooth. Crowns are often used for:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Teeth with excessive wear
  • Deformed teeth
  • Excessively decayed teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Implants
  • To anchor dental bridges

Types of Crowns

There are three types of crown materials to choose from: all-metal crowns, all-ceramic crowns, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. When deciding which crown material is right for you, you and your dentist will discuss location, strength, durability, and esthetics.

All-Metal Crowns: All-metal crowns are made entirely of a metal. Because of their strength and durability they are chosen when strength is a consideration but esthetics is not a concern. They are often the treatment of choice for back teeth, especially when chronic bruxing (grinding and clenching) is suspected.

Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal (PFM) Crowns: A PFM crown consists of a metal crown base and is layered with translucent porcelain that blends with the surrounding tooth structure for appearance. It is often used for back teeth because the metal substructure can withstand chewing and grinding.

All-Ceramic Crowns: All-Ceramic Crowns are fabricated entirely from dental ceramic materials such as porcelain. They are often the treatment of choice for front teeth due to their esthetics.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.