All-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they are a crafted from a softer material and wear down faster over time. This makes them more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused to high noble-metal-crowns. These crowns are mostly used as a temporary solution before a more permanent restoration is utilized.
Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material.
For children, a stainless steel crown is commonly used to fit over a primary tooth that’s been prepared to accept it. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay or fracture. When the primary tooth falls out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes with it. In general, stainless steel crowns are used for children’s teeth because they don’t require multiple dental visits to put in place and are more cost-effective.