Preventing Tooth Decay To Maintain Healthy Teeth

What To Consider When Choosing A Dental Crown For Your Teeth

There are several of things to consider when choosing a dental crown including the type, price, and placement. Dental work can quickly become expensive, so it is always in your best interest to know your options.

The Types of Crowns

You can choose from an all ceramic crown, an all metal crown, and a porcelain crown. The ceramic crown is one that looks the most like your teeth using a material called zirconia, which is very strong. An all metal crown is made of silver or gold alloys and are very shiny. A porcelain crown is a porcelain exterior fused to a metal interior. These also look more natural than the metal variety. 

The Prices of Crowns

The price of a dental crown ranges between five hundred and thirty-five hundred dollars. The most expensive and most durable dental crown is the all ceramic zirconia. This type of crown is least likely to chip and can stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Porcelain crowns are a little less expensive and metal crowns come in third place on the price range. How much the crown (or crowns) end up costing you depends on the dentist you go to and the amount of decay in your mouth.

The Placement of Crowns

Zirconia is the more popular choice for front-of-the-mouth crowns as they tend to look more natural. When light passed through porcelain crowns, for example, you can see the metal underneath the porcelain. Metal, on the other hand, is great for the back of your mouth as it will help with chewing and is less visible. Someone would have to be looking into your mouth to see metal crowns in the back.

Pediatric Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are most commonly recommended on babies and children as they are easy to put on, require less filling, and are less expensive. This combination of benefits is ideal because the tooth the stainless steel crown is on is going to fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth, and less filling means less sedation.

The purpose of a crown is to protect a tooth that has been worn down. It is intended to be an alternative to extracting a tooth. They keep you from having to walk around sporting a gap where a tooth should be. Don't be afraid to talk to your dentist about all of the options available before deciding what is best for you and your mouth. 

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