Dental crowns are caps that are cemented onto prepared teeth to restore form and function. A crown can serve many purposes: Preserving a tooth with a large fracture Protecting a tooth following a cavity filling or root canal Supporting a dental bridge Covering a severely discolored tooth Concealing a misshapen tooth Covering a dental implant Dental Crown Materials At Bunker Hill Dentistry we offer a variety of materials for crowns. The best option depends on the age of the patient, location of the affected tooth, and the desired aesthetic. Stainless steel dental crowns are mainly used as temporary crowns on permanent teeth. These are also used on children’s teeth. Metal dental crowns require less tooth reduction, which lowers the risk of root canal. They do not fracture and are long lasting. Patients who have bad chewing habits, tooth fractures, tooth clenching, and/or a habit of grinding should consider applying metal crowns to their molars. All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns are an excellent choice for the front teeth and premolars because they appear the most tooth-like. Zirconia dental crowns are the strongest non-metal material that look similar to natural teeth, making them the best choice for back teeth. Zirconia with layered porcelain dental crowns are not as strong as solid zirconia but stronger than all-porcelain crowns. This material is a great choice for all areas in the mouth. At your consultation Dr. Le will conduct and examination and recommend the best material.