A dental crown is a restoration procedure used to enhance the appearance and strength of a tooth. It is used when a tooth is cracked, chipped, or otherwise weakened due to decay. Dental crowns can also be used in cases where a large cavity has caused significant damage to the tooth’s structure. In addition, crowns may be recommended when a cosmetic procedure such as teeth whitening has resulted in uneven coloration that cannot be corrected with traditional treatments.
Crowns provide an additional layer of protection for the underlying tooth, helping to prevent further deterioration. They can also help improve the stability of your bite and protect against further injury from grinding or chewing. Dental crowns are typically made from porcelain and are custom made to match existing teeth for an ideal aesthetic result.
Once we have determined that a dental crown is the best solution for restoring your tooth, it’s time to decide which type of crown is right for you.
There are several materials available; depending on where in your mouth the crown will be placed and your budget, different types may work better than others.
Here is an overview of some common options:
PFM crowns are made up of two parts; a metal base and porcelain. They contain more metal than other types of crowns, making them stronger and more durable but also more noticeable when talking or smiling as they can appear dark against teeth and gums.
These are made of ceramic, which closely mimics the color and texture of natural teeth, making them a good choice for front teeth. Ceramic crowns are relatively strong, but they may not be as durable as other types of crowns and may chip or fracture over time.
Resin is a composite material that looks very similar to enamel; some patients prefer resin crowns due to their natural appearance. They’re also less expensive than porcelain or metal options, but they tend to wear out faster and require more frequent replacements than other types.
Metal crowns are composed entirely of gold alloy, copper, or other metals. They’re extremely durable and long-lasting; in some cases, they can last up to 20 years. Metal crowns are also the least likely to break, chip or fracture. However, they may not blend with surrounding teeth as seamlessly as ceramic or resin crowns.
Dental crowns are typically very durable and can last for many years with proper care. On average, porcelain or ceramic crowns can last between five to fifteen years, while metal (gold) crowns can easily last up to 20 years or more. Resin crowns may require more frequent replacements due to their relative fragility; it is not uncommon for them to need replacing within two to five years.
It is important to brush and floss twice daily and to keep regular dental appointments in order to maximize the lifespan of your dental crown. In addition, avoidance of hard foods such as candy and ice cubes, as well as reducing your intake of staining substances such as coffee and red wine, can help ensure that your dental crown will remain intact for many years. Depending on the type of material used, some patients may be advised against grinding their teeth at night in order to preserve their restoration's longevity.
Overall, taking good care of your teeth by brushing regularly and visiting your dentist every six months will help you get the most out of your dental crown. With proper maintenance and oral hygiene practices, you can enjoy a beautiful smile that lasts for many years!
The cost of dental crowns can vary depending on the type of material used and the complexity of the procedure. On average, porcelain or ceramic crowns tend to be more expensive than resin or metal options, with prices ranging from $800 to $3,000 per tooth. Resin or metal crowns tend to cost between $500 and $1,500 per tooth. Some insurance plans may cover part, or all of the costs associated with a dental crown.
In addition to the cost of materials, you should also factor in additional expenses such as anesthesia fees, laboratory fees and any consultation costs. Your dentist will provide you with an estimate so that you know exactly how much the treatment will cost upfront.
When shopping for a quality dental crown, it is important to look for experienced dentists who use high-grade materials and advanced technologies such as CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing). This ensures that your restoration is made with precision and accuracy for maximum durability and aesthetic results.
The alternatives to dental crowns depend on the type of damage that has occurred to the tooth. In some cases, a filling or inlay/onlay may be used rather than a crown if there is not too much decay or structure loss. Fillings are most often used to address small fractures and cavities and help prevent further damage from occurring.
Inlays and onlays are slightly more involved as they require more time for preparation and placement. These restorations usually consist of porcelain, gold, or composite resin material that is custom-made to fit the space between teeth and blend in naturally with surrounding teeth. Inlays and onlays can also provide extra strength and support for weakened teeth; however, they may not be as strong as dental crowns in certain situations.
Bonding is another option for restoring decayed or damaged teeth without the need for a crown. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material directly to the affected area and hardening it with light. This process helps repair chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps between teeth, and other minor imperfections while providing added protection against plaque build-up. However, bonding is typically only recommended for minor chips or enamel erosion since it may not last as long as other options such as fillings or crowns due to its relative fragility.
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