Dental crowns are used to cover and restore a decayed or cracked tooth. Dental crowns give you hope to restore your smile and confidence in speaking. There are porcelain, metal, and zirconia crowns. This article will explain the pros and cons of these different types of dental crowns.

It is important to learn about the different types of crowns because it will help you choose the one that will fit you best.

Pros of Porcelain Crowns

Can be Customized

Porcelain is a ceramic material that can be easily customized into the shape of natural teeth. This is advantageous because it will blend in with the natural teeth. One will not be able to notice it when you are talking or smiling.

Blends in with the Natural Teeth

It is nearly difficult to differentiate between a natural tooth and a porcelain crown. The porcelain is made to appear like a natural tooth. This is why your dentist will measure your teeth and mouth to send the measurement to the laboratory for the preparation of the crown. The crown can be given different shades and has a smooth surface.


Porcelain is biocompatible which means that it does not cause reactions. It will fit in properly and you will not complain of having gum irritation or reactions. Since it appears like a natural tooth, you will not be concerned when smiling or talking to people.

Cons of Porcelain Crowns

It is Fragile
Porcelain is susceptible to chipping or cracking when chewing hard foods. Therefore, they need more care. If you play sports, you are advised to wear a mouthguard.
Can be Bulky
The porcelain material can be bulky at times, which makes it more costly than other dental crowns. Porcelain crowns require additional precision when preparing.
Can increase sensitivity

The dental crown can increase sensitivity to your natural teeth. This can damage both the tooth and the crown.

Pros of Metal Crowns

The metal crowns have a percentage of porcelain used to make them. It is not 100% metal.

They are beautiful

They are appealing and make your smile more beautiful. They also look similar to porcelain crowns.


The metal crowns are more durable than all-porcelain crowns. They can last for many years with proper flossing and regular brushing of teeth.


They are less costly than all-porcelain crowns.

Cons of Metal Crown

Dark line

Even though the metal crowns are durable, they cause a dark line on the tooth. This can be a serious con if one has receding gums.

Tooth trimming

Tooth trimming is more to make sure that the crown is suitable for you. It may take a longer time to prepare the metal crown than for the porcelain crown.

Pros of Zirconia Crowns

They are durable

Zirconia crowns are stronger and durable than other crowns. They can withstand chewing of hard foods and will resist high temperatures. They do not cause teeth sensitivity because they are made of crystals.

They add aesthetic value

The crown blends in with the natural teeth and cannot be easily identified. They are modified to fit well on your teeth and blend in with your natural teeth.


Zirconia rarely causes gum irritation and mouth allergies. It is biocompatible.

Less of the natural teeth are removed

Less material is removed from the natural teeth for the crowned to fit in well.


Basing on its advantages, zirconia crowns are cost-effective because they last longer.

Cons of Zirconia Crowns

Tooth decay is unnoticeable
It is not easy to notice tooth decay under this crown. You will need to visit a dentist to check whether your tooth is in good condition.

It can cause abrasion with the neighboring teeth.

In conclusion, dental crowns are beneficial to your dental health. They give you hope for decayed and cracked teeth. You do not have to worry about your teeth anymore because we have a solution for you. We will help you restore your beautiful smile and boost your self-esteem.

Book an appointment with us today and visit our clinic to know about the crowns and to choose the one that fits your budget and oral health. Some people are reactive to metals, so they may consider all-porcelain crowns. 

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