What’s the Best Material for a Dental Crown?

A 3D illustration of a dental crown

If you have a decayed or damaged tooth, you likely need a dental crown. The latter would protect your pearly white from bacteria. Still, have you thought about its material? A dentist can make crowns from various substances. As such, it’s best to get one that uses the best stuff possible. Luckily, your local dentist can help you find the best material for a dental crown. Here’s a primer on some typical ones and which is right for you.

What Can Crowns Be Made From?

Today, many crowns are made from metal-free materials. Examples of these include the following:


In essence, porcelain is a type of ceramic made by heating clay and minerals. It’s also one of the most common crown materials.

Porcelain crowns are especially known for their beauty. They seem very toothlike and blend seamlessly with a patient’s smile. However, their pretty looks come at a cost. Porcelain is harder than enamel, so crowns made from it may damage opposing teeth. The material can also be brittle and fracture easily. Such fracturing is more likely when the porcelain is too thin or habitually flexed.


E-max is a special kind of highly durable porcelain. As such, dentists often use it to make dental crowns.

While not metallic, E-max crowns are similar to zirconia ones. That means they’re very strong and a bit more pleasing to the eye. Still, even they have their flaws. The most notable one is how they alter tooth structure. To place an E-max crown, a dentist must remove much enamel. The crowned tooth will thus need a prosthetic for the rest of its life.

Dental Composite

Put simply, dental composite is a synthetic resin material. While normally used to fill teeth, though, it can also be shaped into crowns.

Overall, composite crowns offer little in strength and durability. They aren’t as durable as porcelain ones and must be replaced often. Still, they can prove helpful for patients sensitive to metals and porcelain. Composite crowns usually won’t trigger allergies or similar reactions.

Which Material is Right for You?

The best crown material will fit your situation. Therefore, you should pick the one that meets your current needs.

Depending on what you want, the right material can vary. A patient who’s focused on cosmetics may prefer a pretty porcelain crown. Meanwhile, those who wish for long-lasting results could choose an E-max crown. A dental composite crown could suit someone who wants to avoid allergies or health scares.

Of course, see a dentist before you decide anything. They’ll use the facts above and your background to find the best material for your dental crown.

About the Practice

Smile Rejuvenations of Southwest Florida is based in Bonita Springs, FL. Led by Dr. Breanne Anderson, our practice provides world-class expertise for your grin. We thus offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services, as well as emergency dental care. Naturally, our team is also prepared to give you great dental crowns for your teeth. For more details or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (239)-688-4404.