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Types Of Dental Crowns

Types of Dental Crowns

Sometimes we damage our tooth or teeth to the point that a prosthetic filler is needed to maintain its integrity. A damaged tooth can also give off an appearance that displeases its owner. Oftentimes, the best response to these structural breakdowns is a dental crown, a cap that fits over part of a damaged tooth to maintain its structure and/or keep it looking, frankly, like a tooth.

The most common method of creating a crown has traditionally involved the use of a metal amalgam, due to the strength and stability offered by metal. However, in recent years, dentists and their patience have begun to prefer porcelain as a crown material due to its tooth-like appearance. The best type of crown for you will typically depend on your budget, as crown types vary based on material, location, and insurance/discount plan contributions.

Dental patients have the option of choosing porcelain crowns or porcelain-metal fusions. The benefit of porcelain-only crowns is that their white color best blends in with the tooth, making it less noticeable. A crown made of a porcelain-metal fusion gives the natural look with the strength of the metal amalgam. However, they can put more wear on opposing teeth. A porcelain crown will often range wildly in cost, from as little as $500 to over $3,000.

A silver crown is typically formed of a metal amalgam that includes palladium, a less expensive metal than gold. Crowns made entirely of metal tend to last the longest and wear less on opposing teeth. However, a metal crown is much more conspicuous in terms of appearance. For cosmetic purposes, these are most often used for back teeth that show less than front ones. Most metal amalgam crowns cost the patient in the neighborhood of $500-700, however as a Careington member you can save up to 50% off that cost!

Typically, a dental crown will last as long as 15 years. This lifes pan is extended by avoiding habits such as grinding or clenching one's teeth. Furthermore, dental hygiene is a necessity in maintaining the surrounding areas of a crown. Of course, twice-daily brushing and flossing are essential, but just as crucial is the role of your bi-annual dental appointments. Professional dental cleanings help to maintain the cleanliness and maintenance of your teeth - especially the ones that have received work such as crowns. Your dental professionals will let you know when a crown has worn or become damaged.

Your expected cost of a crown tends to vary based on your region. Also, of course, your insurance or discount plan can vary the pricing for crowns, just as any other dental procedure. Be sure to review the terms of your insurance or discount plan.