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4 Types Of Material Used For Dental Crowns

by Jeremiah Barnett

The key to having healthy teeth may rest in getting restorations as these are needed. There are many reasons you may need to consider getting a crown. Some of these include having extensive dental decay or simply having a tooth that is worn down due to time. Your dentist will alert you to the fact if you need a dental crown when you go in for your bi-annual examinations. This process can usually only takes two visits to the dentist and is not typically painful. However, there are a variety of materials that may be used to create the crown and knowing what some of these are may be helpful if faced with this situation.

Type #1: Ceramic crowns

This type of crown is one of the most appealing. It's also referred to as a porcelain crown and looks like a real tooth. In fact, others may not even be capable of seeing a difference in this tooth and your natural ones.

However, this material may not be as durable as some of the others and why it's typically only used on front teeth. You can also expect to pay more for a porcelain crown.

Type #2: Metal crowns

One of the most durable types of dental crowns is made of metal. Most metal crowns are used on the back teeth that aren't as visible to others.

Another advantage of getting a metal crown is the fact that these are typically one of the least expensive.

Type #3: Porcelain fused to metal crowns

You may have heard lots about porcelain fused to metal crowns because these are popular. These crowns consist of some porcelain and some metal.

The top of the crown that is visible to others is usually porcelain, and the bottom part is made of metal. This average cost of this crown is $500-$1,500 but is based on your location and where the tooth is located, as well.

Type #4: Gold crowns

When it comes to choosing a crown that will stand the test of time, you may want to rely on a gold crown. These are often placed on the back molars because of the strength and durability that's provided.

The key to choosing the right material for your dental crown is by listening to the recommendation of your dentist. This professional will know what will work best for you and last the longest. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!