Ceramic vs. Porcelain Crowns
Crowns are a common dental restoration used to rebuild or strengthen a natural tooth that is damaged or showing signs of wear. The most commonly used dental crown materials are ceramic and porcelain. But which is the better material?
What are crowns, and what are they used for?
A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. Crowns can improve the appearance of a tooth and help strengthen and protect it from further damage. They are most often made from porcelain or ceramic, and they are matched to the color of the surrounding natural teeth. In some cases, metal or resin crowns may be used. However, all-metal crowns are usually expensive and aren’t commonly used. Crowns are typically placed on a broken tooth or a tooth that has been treated with a root canal or damaged by tooth decay. In addition, crowns may be used to support a dental bridge or to cover an implant.
What is the difference between a ceramic crown and a porcelain crown?
Ceramic crowns are made entirely of ceramic, while porcelain has a metal core covered with porcelain. As a result, porcelain is more expensive than ceramic.
Porcelain crowns are more durable and tend to last longer. Ceramic dental crowns look more natural and don’t have any metal edges, which can sometimes show if the gums recede. A ceramic crown is a preferred choice for front teeth. Ultimately, the best type of dental crown for you will depend on your budget and aesthetic goals.
How can I choose the right crown material?
Porcelain dental crowns are made of a metal core covered with porcelain. This makes them strong and durable, making them a good choice for molars or other teeth that tend to experience a lot of wear and tear. However, they can sometimes cause your teeth to look darker or more yellowish.
All-ceramic crowns are made entirely of ceramic to match your natural teeth’s color. They are also less likely to chip or fracture than porcelain dental crowns. However, they may not be as strong and are more likely to wear down over time. Nevertheless, they are the best option for patients with metal allergies.
The Cost of Ceramic and Porcelain Fused to Metal Dental Crowns
An important consideration when choosing the right material is the cost. Porcelain is often considered the gold standard in dental crown material because they offer premium aesthetics and durability. However, they are also more expensive. Porcelain dental crowns cost $1,000 to $1,500 per tooth on average.
Ceramic dental crown cost is a more budget-friendly option, averaging $600 to $800 per tooth. While they are not as durable as porcelain, they still provide pleasing aesthetics and can be a good option for patients on a tight budget.
What to Do if You Need a Dental Crown
Our team at Olympic View Dental is here to help! Dr. Chilton will assist you deciding on which dental crowns are best for you based on your needs and budget.
Give us a call at (206) 824-4700 to schedule a consultation!