What You Should Know About Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are often referred to as caps and are often placed onto damaged teeth in order to restore their size, shape, and even color. Crowns are often used on teeth that have been injured, for teeth that have a significant amount of decay that a filling is not able to restore, or for teeth that are unsightly. If you are looking into dental crowns, here are three things that you should know.

Your Options

When it comes to dental crowns, there's more than one type to choose from. There are four main types of crowns that are available. Ceramic crowns are typically made out of porcelain material and blend in well with the surrounding teeth. This type of crown is often used to restore the front teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is another popular option. This type of crown is strong and durable. Gold alloy crowns and base alloy crowns are also available and are very durable. Metal crowns are also less likely to wear on opposing teeth. It's important to discuss which type of crown will work best for you with your dentist.

The Cost

The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the type of crown used and even the location of the tooth it is being placed on. Ceramic or porcelain crowns cost on average between $800 and $3,000 per tooth. Metal crowns, both base metals and gold alloy, cost anywhere from $600 to $2,500 per tooth on average. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns range in price between $500 and $1,500 per tooth on average. Dental insurance may cover up to 50 percent of the costs as long as the crowns are needed for medical reasons and not cosmetic reasons.

Their Lifespan

Another thing that you should know when it comes to dental crowns is that they don't last forever and typically will eventually require replacement. On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. However, with proper care, crowns have been known to last longer than that. A few things that can extend the life of your dental crown include proper oral hygiene and avoiding hard foods that may damage your crown. You will also want to avoid chewing on ice and grinding your teeth.

When it comes to dental crowns, there are a few things that you should know. First, there are various types of crowns to choose from including ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, base metal alloys, and gold alloys. Costs will vary depending on the type of crown and its location. Crowns last on average between five and 15 years before replacement is required. 

Contact a local clinic like Demianko Dental Care to learn more. 


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