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Update: June 6, 2024 | Author: Dr. Ronald Pham | Publish: June 5, 2024

What color are dental crowns?

We are dental professionals. We know how important it is to find the perfect shade for your crown. We aim to assist you in achieving a smile that looks natural. It’s going to blend with your existing teeth.

Type of dental crown materials & colors

Dental crowns can be made from various materials, each with unique properties and color options. According to my experience, the most common materials used in dentistry include:


Metal crowns are durable. But their gold, silver, and grey hue don’t match natural teeth well. They’re often preferred for hidden molars, where strength is key.

Metal crowns color

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns

These crowns have a metal core and a ceramic exterior. They look like natural teeth and are durable due to the metal core. But, there is a possibility that the metal will become visible over time.

PFM crowns color

All-ceramic/All-Porcelain Crowns

These crowns provide the most natural-looking results and are ideal for front teeth. They allow for precise shade matching and have no metal substructure.

All-ceramic crown color

Zirconia Crowns

This robust and durable material comes in shades of white and translucent. While it can be color-matched, it’s less translucent than porcelain crowns.

Zirconia crowns color

Choose The Right Shade of Crown Color

Choosing the right shade for your dental crown is critical. It keeps your smile natural and avoids an artificial look. We’ve used shade guides (A1, B2, C3, and more hues) to help patients pick the perfect color.

How to choose the proper crown color

What to Expect at Your Dentist Appointment

When you come for a dental crown, we’ll start with a consultation to discuss your goals and options. We’ll use shade guides, natural light, and photos. They will ensure the best match during the shade-matching process. In some cases, you may use custom shading for further personalization.

Striking the Right Balance Aesthetics versus Function

For front teeth, looks are key. All ceramic crowns can offer a natural look. They blend with your smile.

We recommend durable options for back teeth. These include porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), zirconia crowns, gold, or other metal alloys… These teeth need to withstand more chewing pressure.

Note important: The dentist will work with you to find the best fit for your needs.

Maintaining the Color of Your Dental Crown

Good oral hygiene is vital to keeping your dental crown looking its best. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits are essential. We also recommend avoiding staining agents like coffee, tea, and tobacco. Professional cleanings can help remove surface stains and keep your crown looking great.

Cost Considerations

The cost of dental crowns varies by material. Metal crowns are the cheapest. Zirconia crowns are the most expensive. Dental insurance coverage varies by plan. It also depends on why we’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most natural-looking material for dental crowns?

It can be a ceramic or all-ceramic crown. They imitate the characteristics of natural teeth in reflecting light. The best crown depends on many factors.

These include the tooth’s location, function, and the patient’s needs and preferences. A dentist will recommend the most suitable material based on a comprehensive assessment.

Will my dental crown change color over time?

Porcelain crowns resist staining, but the underlying tooth structure can darken. Brushing often and seeing the dentist can keep your crown’s color.

Can I whiten my dental crown if it gets stained?

Traditional teeth whitening treatments won’t affect the color of your dental crown. If you’re concerned about staining, consult your dentist about professional cleaning options.

How long do dental crowns typically last?

Dental crowns can last 15-20 years or even longer with proper care.

Do I avoid any foods or drinks with a dental crown?

Dental crowns are durable. But avoiding hard, sticky foods, such as hard candy or ice, is wise. These foods could damage them.

Can I get a dental crown in any shade of white I want?

Many shades are available. However, your dentist will help you choose one. It matches your natural teeth and skin tone for the best result.


Your dentist can likely answer these questions during your consultation. They may also answer more. That open communication with your dental provider is vital. It is critical to get the best results with your dental crown.

In conclusion, picking the right color for your dental crown is crucial. It’s a vital part of the restoration process. Understanding the available materials and shades is critical. By working with your dentist, you can find the perfect color. Then, you can restore your smile with confidence.

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Dr. Ronald Pham

Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery who graduated from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2015. With over 8 years of experience in general dentistry, he specializes in Dental restoration, Root canal treatment, and Dental implants…

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